RICHMOND –People at risk of homelessness, including youth, women, Aboriginal people and those leaving correctional facilities or hospitals in Richmond now have expanded access to rental assistance and support services with the launch of the new Homeless Prevention Program.
The Province has selected Chimo Community Services Society to be a Homeless Prevention Program (HPP) provider in Richmond. Participants will receive monthly rental supplements to keep their housing costs in the private market affordable and assistance from outreach workers who will connect them with community supports and make sure they remain housed.
“Through the Homeless Prevention Program, our society is able to work with some of our most vulnerable residents and create opportunities to maintain stable, long-term housing options for them in Richmond,” Executive Director of Chimo Community Services Society Mark Miller Said. “We are very appreciative of the opportunity the Province is providing Chimo and our community and we’re looking forward to this fruitful partnership for many years to come.”
The program is available in six communities and will soon expand to more than 30 communities across B.C. Over the next five years, it is estimated that up to 4,000 people will receive rental assistance and support services through the program.
The Governments of Canada and B.C. will provide $62.5 million over five years to the Homeless Prevention Program for rent supplements under the Investment in Affordable Housing agreement.
- In 2013-14 the B.C. government provided rent supplements to more than 10,000 low-income families and more than 17,000 seniors households to help make their rent affordable.
- Last year, provincially funded outreach and shelter workers connected more than 6,700 homeless individuals in 60 communities to housing, income assistance and a range of support services.
- In 2013, the B.C. government invested $169 million on more than 11,000 emergency shelter and housing for the homeless across the province.
- Across B.C., more than 100,000 households benefit from a range of provincial housing services each year.
- Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested $4 billion to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals, seniors and families in communities across the province.
To find out more about the Homeless Prevention Program (HPP), visit: www.bchousing.org/Initiatives/Access/HPP