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  • December 20, 2016

Combating Homelessness in Halton

New Investments across Ontario will Help Families Stay in their Homes

Ontario is making progress on its work to prevent and reduce homelessness in Halton, by helping families and individuals stay in their homes or get the housing they need.  

In 2019-20, Halton is receiving $6,555,275 in funding support through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI). This funding builds on the CHPI funding announced in October and reflects an additional $15 million investment by the Ontario government in support of this initiative. The total funding allocation to Halton (2016-17 through 2019-20) is $21,682,658. 

Last year, this initiative helped almost 40,000 families and individuals experiencing homelessness across the province  obtain housing, and has helped over 115,000 families and individuals at-risk of homelessness remain in their homes. 

Through the program, Service Managers in Halton can use funding to deliver the housing- and homelessness-related services that best suit their community, including: 

  • Financial assistance and education programs to help prevent eviction

  • Long-term and transitional housing with related supports

  • Emergency shelters for those experiencing a crisis 

The Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative reinforces the bold and transformative update to Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy, and supports our goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2025. 

Investing in programs to reduce and prevent homelessness is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. 



“The Government of Ontario’s Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative is an innovative program that helps meet the needs of communities. We're pleased to have Halton Region as a valuable partner as we work to end chronic homelessness by 2025. This additional funding over four years will provide Halton Region with the ability to plan over a longer term how best to meet the needs of this community.”

—  Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville 

“Everyone deserves to have access to safe, affordable housing and the CHPI program helps to make that possible. This funding supports families and individuals in Halton who are at risk of losing their homes. This is an investment in people and in their success and well-being.”  

— Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP Halton

“In addition to the previous Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative funding announced in October, I am pleased our government will be providing added support to further fight homelessness in Halton. This is one of the most important investments we can make. A third year of funding means Halton Region can continue to plan ahead to address the needs of our residents, creating an individualized approach to address the root causes of homelessness in our community.” 

—  Eleanor McMahon, MPP Burlington


“The funding provided to Halton Region by the Ontario Government will enhance our support of various initiatives connected to the CHPI, including the Emergency Shelter program, the Housing with Related Supports program, the Housing Stability Fund and the Halton Housing Help service. I want to thank the Ontario Government for helping us ensure that Halton residents have access to these important housing supports and opportunities.”

—  Gary Carr, Regional Chair 



  • Beginning in 2016-17 through to 2019-20, Ontario has allocated $21,682,658in total funding under the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative toward Halton Region to support local efforts to prevent and reduce homelessness.
  • Ontario is investing an additional $15 million dollars in the initiative across the province, bringing the government’s annual contribution to $338.7 million by 2019-20. This funding builds on the $15 million in each of 2017-18, 2018-19 that was announced in October 2016.
  • The Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) builds on Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy and is transforming the housing system by helping those experiencing homelessness obtain housing, and those at-risk of homelessness remain in their homes.
  • Every $15 million invested in CHPI is estimated to help about 2,600 households experiencing homelessness find housing, or prevent approximately 14,200 households from becoming homeless.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has committed more than $5 billion to affordable housing. This includes the recent federal-provincial partnership to extend the Investment in Affordable Housing program.



Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy 

Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy


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