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Eviction Prevention Project

The Eviction Prevention Project focuses on housing loss prevention activities by supporting clients at imminent risk of homelessness before a crisis occurs.

Working in collaboration with the staff at Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic, the positions of Housing Social Navigator (Jennifer Fenton) and Housing Intake Support Worker (Megan Belluz) with the Eviction Prevention Project will assist clients of the clinic to prevent eviction. The team assists in identifying and accessing relevant services and programs, completing applications for funding and housing issues, and facilitates access to technology for tenants to participate effectively in hearings. This project will also utilize the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS), a data management and collection tool that allows multiple service providers from the same geographic area to implement coordinated access using real-time information about people experiencing homelessness and the resources they need to find and keep a home.

This program is funded by the Government of Canada in partnership with the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre through Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy. Reaching Home provides funding to urban, Indigenous, rural and remote communities to help them address their local homelessness needs, and is designed to support the goals of the National Housing Strategy, in particular, to support the most vulnerable Canadians in maintaining safe, stable, and affordable housing and to reduce chronic homelessness nationally by 50% by 2027-2028.

This project is funded through to March 2024.

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