The purpose of this process is to award funding to an organization that will deliver a Peer Support program as part of a pilot New Shelter Service Model.

The successful proponent will provide coordination, training and recruitment for peer support workers (peers), in partnership with at least five of the Shelter operators that are participating in the pilot.

The aim of the peer support program is to provide effective peer-to-peer support services to current clients that draw on the unique benefits of shared lived experience and support clients to achieve greater housing stability, in addition to providing meaningful opportunities for people with lived experience of homelessness.

Important Files

  • Develop and implement a Peer Support Program for at least five shelter sites located across the city that meets the needs of the shelter operators and the peer support workers
  • Create and implement a plan to recruit, assess, train, assign and support peers to support a minimum of five shelter operators with site specific programming
  • Create and implement a training curriculum for peer support workers that focuses on transferable knowledge and skill development that can lead to future employment and/or academic pursuits

In order to be eligible for consideration, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be an incorporated not-for-profit agency with recent audited financial statements;
  2. Be located in the City of Toronto and primary activities take place within the boundaries of the City of Toronto;
  3. Demonstrate experience in delivering programs specifically targeted to vulnerable individuals, including people experiencing long-term homelessness;
  4. Have at least three years of experience delivering and or Coordinating Peer Supports program that have provided meaningful opportunities to peers or three years providing support and training to vulnerable individuals;
  5. Be in good standing with the City of Toronto if funded by the City in the last five years;
  6. Comply with the City of Toronto Anti-racism, Access and Equity Policy and Guidelines; and
  7. Demonstrate reasonableness (one to three months) of the organization’s unrestricted reserves.

Your submission must be emailed in its entirety, including the application, to no later thanĀ 1 p.m. on May 30, 2019.

The original signed application package with all supporting documents should be delivered no later than 4 p.m. on June 13, 2019 to:

City of Toronto
Shelters, Housing and Community Outreach Unit
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (SSHA) Division
55 John St., Metro Hall
6th Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
Attention: Alison Wilson

Note: Faxed copies will not be accepted.

Assessment and funding decisions will be made by a committee convened by the City of Toronto. Proposal evaluation results shall be the property of the City. The results may be subject to public release pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The successful applicant will sign a funding agreement with the City of Toronto.

Up to $590,000 annually will be available for the delivery of this service for the funding period of August 19, 2019 to March 31, 2021, with the possibility of extension.

All questions and updates to the Funding Guidelines and Funding Application will be posted as addenda on this web page.