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COMMUNITY HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION INITIATIVE

 

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WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION INITIATIVE (CHPI)

The Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) aims to prevent, address and reduce homelessness by improving access to adequate, suitable and affordable housing that is linked to flexible support services based on peoples’ needs. The CHPI fund can help low income tenants to avoid eviction by assisting with utility payments and/or rent arrears.

Who is Eligible?

You must be a resident of the District of Kenora. To be eligible for CHPI you must have a gross household income that falls below the Statistics Canada Low Income Cut Offs (LICO), 2011, before tax (current dollars) + 15%. Landlords/utility companies must agree to continue the tenancy and/or continue the service upon payment of the arrears. Applicants must not be subject to any eviction proceedings for reasons other than rent arrears. The applicant must indicate their intention to remain in their current accommodation for at least a further twelve (12) month period.

LEAP & CHPI EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

SIZE OF FAMILY LICO + 15%
1 Person $16,038 $18,444
2 Person $19,966 $22,961
3 Person $24,545 $28,227
4 Person $29,802 $34,272
5 Person $33,800 $38,870
6 Person $38,122 $43,840
7 Person $42,443 $48,810

If you meet or are below the above gross household incomes you may be able to access funding provided in any or all of the following four areas:

SHELTER

  • • The CHPI fund is for low income tenants who have received an eviction notice. The fund can assist with rent arrears as long as the unit is not a subsidized unit.
  • • The maximum assistance that can be provided to qualified applicants is the equivalent of two (2) months’ rent arrears.
  • • Successful applicants will be requested to repay the funds over a reasonable period of time.
  • • Applicants must demonstrate that arrears are temporary and not chronic and that with assistance with clearing up the outstanding arrears, the applicant will be able to pay future rent
  • • This fund does not provide last month’s rent
  • • Mortgage arrears are available up to 2 months with a maximum of $1,000.00

UTILITIES

  • • The CHPI fund is for individuals that meet the low income cut off threshold who have received a disconnection notice and/or require funding for reconnection costs of any utility service.
  • • It can be provided for arrears in water, sewer, oil, and wood
  • • In extenuating circumstances i.e. flood, fire, victim of violence, utility and hydro deposits can be provided
  • • The amount of the outstanding arrears will be provided on a one time basis
  • • Successful applicants will be requested to repay the funds over a reasonable period of time.
  • • The utility company must agree to continue the service upon payment of the arrears

REPAIRS

  • • The CHPI fund is for individuals that meet the low income cut off threshold that require emergency repairs to a maximum of $750. These repairs would have to be necessary in order to remain housed.
  • • In an emergency situation these repairs could be to fix pipes, furnace, washer, dryer, fridge and stove
  • • Successful applicants will be requested to repay the funds over a reasonable period of time.

OTHER ITEMS

  • • The CHPI fund is for individuals that meet the low income cut off threshold who have an emergency situation such as fire, flood and victims of violence who need to purchase household items to a maximum of $750. These household items would have to be necessary in order to remain housed.
  • • Moving expenses if it is necessary for the health and welfare of the person to leave the previous place of residence

HOW DO I MAKE AN APPLICATION?

To access this fund you must contact the local Kenora District Services Board office in Kenora, Sioux Lookout or Dryden to set up an appointment. An application and documentation is required in order to determine if your income and/or assets cannot cover the outstanding arrears. A list of the required documents is listed below. Please bring all of the information to your appointment including your eviction/disconnect notice. If you are currently receiving Ontario Works or Ontario Disability supports, please speak to your Case Manager directly to discuss your rent/utility arrears as this may be handled through a different program.

Documents required at your CHPI funding appointment in order to determine eligibility:

    • ID – Birth certification or driver’s licence
    • Income verification for all family members (i.e. last 2 pay stubs, E.I. slips, pension slips, support orders, rental income)
    • Asset information for all adult family members; last bank statement (all accounts), value of any investments
    • Utility, gas, oil, water bills; disconnect notice, plus last bill
    • Rent receipts or mortgage documentation, plus eviction notice
    • Estimates for household repairs
    • You may be required to provide verification of crisis situation

LOW INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LEAP)

The Kenora District Services Board delivers the LEAP Program to customers in Sioux Lookout and Kenora. In order to access this fund you must be a customer of Sioux Lookout Hydro or Kenora Hydro and have a gross household income that falls below the Statistics Canada Low Income Cut Offs (LICO), 2011, before tax (current dollars).

WHO IS ELIGIBILITY

    • Must be an existing customer of the utility providing the funding
    • Reside at the address for which there are arrears
    • Receipt of this financial assistance should allow you to maintain or reconnect energy service
    • You must have demonstrated a prior attempt to pay the bill
    • You must be in threat of disconnection or have been disconnected

GRANT

    • Funding may be provided only once per year up to a maximum of $500
    • Households with electrically heated homes, may be eligible for $600 per household
    • If you owe less than the maximum, the grant can’t exceed the amount owed
    • If you owe more than the maximum to sustain your energy service you must enter into a payment arrangement with the service provider for the balance owing

HOW DO I MAKE AN APPLICATION?

To access this fund you must contact the local Kenora District Services Board office in Kenora or Sioux Lookout to set up an appointment. An application and documentation is required in order to determine if your income and/or assets cannot cover the outstanding arrears. A list of the required documents is listed below. Please bring all of the information to your appointment including your disconnect notice. If you are currently receiving Ontario Works or Ontario Disability supports, please speak to your Case Manager directly to discuss your rent/utility arrears as this may be handled through a different program.

Documents required at your LEAP funding appointment in order to determine eligibility:

    • Current energy bill
    • Notice of service disconnection, if applicable
    • Applicant identification – two pieces of ID for the main applicant and 1(one) piece of ID for each of the other household members
    • Copy of rental receipt, lease or mortgage document
    • Proof of household income, cheque stubs and/or income tax return
    • Bank statement from the most recent month

Hydro One Networks INC. customers that are in arrears and in threat of disconnection can apply for emergency LEAP funding through the UNITED WAY OF GREATER SIMCOE COUNTY AT 1-855-487-5327

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