The Housing Focused System Supports funding opportunity is made up of the following categories: Sector Capacity Building and Coordination and Specific System Wide Client Supports

Sector capacity building and coordination programs provide services to the housing and homelessness service sector as a whole. System support projects strengthen the organizational capacity of networks, coalitions and other housing and homelessness sector-organized groups. They facilitate system wide coordination, training, resource sharing and development of networks for stronger linkages and relationships between organizations. These projects facilitate the coordination and development of system wide strategic responses and foster new approaches to addressing system wide issues. These activities support a group of service providers to better integrate and synchronize their services and processes.

Specific system-wide client supports provide essential services to individuals and households experiencing or at risk of homelessness. These specialized supports are delivered as individual needs arise and do not include case management. Services may include, but are not limited to the provision of identification, interpretation services, harm reduction supports, furniture, cleaning services, etc.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations that have the skills and experience to engage service providers. Applicants must demonstrate that they have the necessary resources, expertise and experience to facilitate the coordination and development of system wide strategic responses and foster new approaches to addressing system wide issues.

Service Delivery Requirements

Sector capacity building and coordination staff members must have:

  • effective partnership and networking capabilities, and
  • strong communication and engagement skills

Sector capacity building and coordination programs must:

  • engage network members in activities of shared interest, such as training, sector wide planning and networking
  • develop and implement approaches to deliver and coordinate services, including providing training, sharing consistent practices and improving collaboration
  • improve service planning and problem solving amongst service providers, while building stronger partnerships, improving integrated services and increasing sector wide knowledge and resources
  • identify stakeholders/project partners and clearly define eligibility for participation, if applicable
  • enhance service provider/sector capacity to deliver services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • provide accessible, integrated and administratively streamlined and coordinated services for service providers working with people experiencing, exiting or at risk of homelessness
  • participate in City committees and working groups, if or as required
  • compile, maintain and provide program statistics and submit activity data and program outcomes as required, and
  • advance the City’s funding priorities, including:
    • strengthening our relationship with Indigenous communities and advancing reconciliation
    • focusing on equity
    • delivering high quality services
    • reducing chronic homelessness
    • developing integrated system responses
    • strengthening and modernizing the sector

More detailed requirements on this project model will be provided in the information session. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. These service requirements will form part of the funding agreement for successful applicants.

Eligible Applicants

Successful applicants provide people with specific services, such as those listed above, as needs arise to facilitate housing access and stability. If your project provides these services through a case management model, you must apply under one of the client case management categories.

Service Delivery Requirements

Specific system wide client support staff members must have:

  • the capability to provide responsive and timely intervention, including assessment, intake and triage (where necessary), and
  • a strong understanding of and experience in navigating housing resources and benefits and services that support clients to maintain housing stability

Specific system wide client support programs must:

  • provide non-judgemental, trauma-informed and anti-oppressive services rooted in harm reduction and Housing First approaches
  • provide flexible, mobile services that meet varying individual needs and system demand
  • deliver services to individuals and households experiencing or at risk of homelessness through service coordination with system partners (e.g. landlords, housing providers, drop-in services, healthcare services, etc.)
  • provide a clear service delivery plan for the distribution of/access to resources
  • participate in City committees and working groups, if or as required
  • compile, maintain and provide program statistics and submitting activity data and program outcomes, as required
  • advance the City’s funding priorities, including:
    • strengthening our relationship with Indigenous communities and advancing reconciliation
    • focusing on equity
    • delivering high quality services
    • reducing chronic homelessness
    • developing integrated system responses
    • strengthening and modernizing the sector

More detailed requirements on this project model will be provided in the information session. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. These service requirements will form part of the funding agreement for successful applicants.

To apply for the Housing Focused System Supports funding opportunity, you will need to apply through the City’s online grants platform known as the Toronto Grants, Rebates and Incentives Portal (TGRIP).

If you do not already have a TGRIP account:

  1. Navigate to TGRIP
  2. Click “Register Here”
  3. Complete the required information and click “Submit”
  4. When you receive the confirmation email from TGRIPNoReply@smartsimple.com, follow the instructions to complete your registration
  5. Log in to TGRIP
  6. On the blue ribbon near the top of the page, click on the letter that appears at the far right end of the ribbon
  7. Click on “Tutorials” from the drop down menu
  8. Download and save the document called “CFFP_TGRIP_User_Guide.docx
  9. Use this guide to create an Organization Profile and add contacts

When you are ready to apply:

  1. Log in to TGRIP
  2. Click on “My Funding Opportunities”
  3. Locate the application for “Housing Focused System Supports (HASS 2022-2025)” and click on “Guidelines” to download and save the ” Housing Focused System Supports (HASS 2022-2025) – Application Guide”
  4. Follow the instructions in the application guide carefully to complete and submit your application

Application Helpdesk Sessions

Questions and Answers:

 Call for Application Q&A

Information Session

Application Period

  • Launch date: Tuesday, April 19, 2022
  • Deadline to submit: Monday, June 6, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. (EST)

Funding Term

  • October 1, 2022 to March 31, 2025