Reaching Home (RH) is a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness. It will provide direct funding to Designated Communities as well as to Indigenous and rural and remote communities across Canada to support their efforts in addressing local needs and developing local solutions to homelessness.
RH funding is divided into two funding streams (Designated Communities and Indigenous Homelessness) and is guided by a Community Plan. The Community Plan identifies five priority areas to allocate RH funding between 2019 and 2024:
- Housing Services
- Prevention and Shelter Diversion
- Support Services
- Capital Investments
- Coordination of Resources and Data Collection
The City of Kamloops is the Community Entity responsible for administering and managing federal RH funding. A Call for Proposals has been launched to allocate funding available in the Designated Communities Funding Stream for the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 fiscal years.
Homelessness Action Plan
The Homelessness Action Plan was developed to build on past successes and helps establish a road map to continue working towards ending homelessness in Kamloops.
Homelessness Action Plan Goals
- Assess and enhance local housing
- Establish local housing board to advise and research
- Provide housing stability
- Promote housing support agreements
- Establish resident support program
- Connect people
- Improve outreach
- Network services
- Build life skills
- Improve fairness
- Change laws, procedures, regulations, and protocols
- Create and maintain employment
- Improve workplace supports