Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative

The CHPI Program has two program outcomes:

  1. People who are homeless obtain and retain housing
  2. People at risk of homelessness remain housed

CHPI funds will be used to assist people who have low income with housing stability.

****If you are in receipt of social assistance, either Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) benefits, please contact your caseworker to apply for CHPI benefits. ***

The CHPI fund may be used for:

  • Paying rental arrears for a person who is facing eviction; or
  • Paying utility arrears for persons who are facing disconnection of utilities; or
  • Paying a utility connection fee for persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; or
  • Providing a last month’s rent deposit for persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

A person who is homeless may include a person who stays at an emergency shelter, who stays on the street or in their car, who is couch surfing with friends or family.

A person at risk of homelessness includes a person facing eviction or disconnection of utilities, or living in unsafe or unaffordable accommodations.

The amount of CHPI assistance available for eligible persons is as follows:

Family Size

Single person or Couple with adult children or no children

Funding Amount

Up to $800

Time Frame

Up to maximum amount every 24 months

Family with dependent children under the age of 18

Up to $1,500

Up to maximum amount every 24 months

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