City of Toronto Homeless Initiative Fund
The CT-HIF provided the City of Toronto with a mechanism for responding to homelessness across the City and to the recommendations made by the Mayor’s Homelessness Action Task Force. The ultimate goal was to reduce the number of people using emergency shelters. The intent of the CT-HIF was to expand the City’s responses to homelessness across the City by funding a broad range of new initiatives that have a measurable impact on preventing homelessness; helping people across emergency shelters or moving from hostels into more permanent forms of accommodation; and freeing up space within the shelter system.
WKNC and HIF
In March 2005, the WKNC migrated from SCPI to CT-HIF for the funding of the drop-in and a dedicated Drop-In Worker. This funding allowed the drop-in to open four days per week from three. In December 2008 funding was increased to allow for the drop-in to be open six days a week and Statutory Holidays. This necessitated the hiring of a second drop-in worker and the funding was provided so WKNC would have two full-time workers. HIF funding continues to-date.
City of Toronto - Homeless Partnering Initiative The city of Toronto receives an allocation of the federal government's Homelessness Partnering Initiative (HPI) funding. In the fall of 2007, the City issued the first general RPF to fund projects that provide service supports to homeless people to help them find and keep housing. WKNC and HPI In June 2008, HPI Capital grants were announced and WKNC applied for funding to renovate the kitchen. WKNC received a huge vote of confidence in our program delivery when the City awarded us the sum of $105,000 for this capital project. The Central United Church has also allowed WKNC to change their building to include this new facility and given additional funding towards the project. This large project consisted of demolishing an existing room and replacing it with a custom designed kitchen. The old food delivery system consisted of pieces prepared in a variety of small makeshift kitchens with inadequate facilities and supervision. The new kitchen has made the delivery of existing food programs easier and safer. There is now the potential of expanding the food program to include education and certification. These and many other ideas are being investigated by our Food Coordinator. A second HPI grant of approx. $16,000 was awarded in 2010 to renovate our Food Delivery area, or Dining Hall. Repairs to the walls, new paint, and electrical work were done to the facility in September 2010.