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- allows people seeking affordable housing in City of Brantford and the County of Brant to apply to a large number of housing providers at the same time
- applicants complete a single application and can choose the locations and providers, which include over 13 housing providers and over 2,000 housing units, where they would like to be housed
- maintains the waiting list for these Social Housing / Rent Geared to Income units across Brant County
- diversion and prevention - stabilizes those at imminent risk of homelessness to maintain their housing or find alternative accommodation through access to case management and financial supports
- financial management services - acts as homelessness prevention for voluntary and mandatory clients needing support with their finances to maintain housing stability. The service ensures the payment of rent and utilities and access to case management supports
- ID clinic - provides financial supports to obtain a birth certificate, health card and other forms of ID. Staff will help complete the applications and may help with the cost of renewal or application fees
- rapid rehousing - Immediate access to short-term case management and financial support to avoid or exit emergency accommodations into permanent housing with necessary wrap around supports
- Housing Stability Fund - program can help obtain and maintain stable housing by providing utility arrears and deposits, housing related arrears or last month's rent
- outreach - community-based support
- access to emergency shelter
- helps adults with developmental disabilities live as independently as possible in their communities
- community access
- planning and family supports
FASD Program provides support to children/youth with FASD, or suspected FASD and their families.
- the FASD Worker works with the family, educators and other current services to provide an understanding of FASD and to identify strategies to meet the child's/youth's needs. They will help support connections to further services and resources, as needed
- "Together We Can" is the philosophy of the Caregiver Group which meets on a monthly basis to provide support and information. It offers a chance for caregivers to meet and network with other caregivers of children/youth living with FASD
Program providing support for youth who have been involved with Family and Children Services. Helps youth to transition to a more independent lifestyle by developing and implementing a personal plan, and providing help navigating adult service systems and connecting with community supports and resources.
Offers the following types of support:
Additional Program Supports include:
- Financial Literacy
- Identification replacement, including access to free Digital Wallet
- Education opportunities
- Employment Readiness
- Legal Services
- Health & Mental Health services
- Housing 101 Workshop available upon request
- Secure and maintain permanent and affordable housing
- Provide flexible, portable, and individualized supports
- Assist in the prevention of future involvement with the criminal justice system
- Provide connections and support with other community resources as required
Emergency or crisis services not provided. For access to emergency or crisis services, contact COAST Hamilton, ConnexOntario, or Crisis Services Canada.
- listing of available rental accommodations
- free phone access
- subsidized housing applications
- housing search assistance
- information services
- community referrals
A centre for at-risk youth residing within the community who are between 16 and 21 years of age, providing access to a number of support services and programs to assist them in remaining housed, diverting them from homelessness and street involvement. A case coordinator assists the youth in navigating community and internal services based on their identified needs.
- Help with getting back into school or finding employment
- Assistance obtaining or replacing ID
- Access to housing workers
- Help with applying for or maintaining social assistance
- Hot meal program, seven days a week (lunch and dinner)
- Connections to community supports
- Free laundry facilities and clothing/household donations
- Access to all on-site mental health, medical care, addiction/substance use services
- Recreational and life skills programming
- Early diversion and family mediation
- access to showers
- laundry facilities
- computers and wifi
- housing search assistance
- community referrals
Eligibility is calculated based on 30% of a household's gross monthly income. If applicant is receiving assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program, a social assistance rent scale is applied. Additional charges may apply depending on the building (e.g. utilities, parking).
The organization is does not operate as a landlord and does not directly offer housing. Does not offer emergency shelters or emergency housing.
Supports Indigenous youth who are exiting systems such as Child Protection Services, Justice, Healthcare, or youth whose personal safety may be at risk by providing them with immediate access to housing that is safe, affordable, and appropriate, with zero preconditions. Provides the necessary and age-appropriate supports that focus on health, well-being, life skills, engagement in education and employment, and social inclusion to support young people and facilitate a healthy transition to adulthood.
Employment resources and coaching to find sustainable employment in Ontario
- assessment of skills, interests and abilities
- job search strategies and support, including resume development and interview preparation
- information about careers and occupations, local labour market, employment opportunities
- help in maintaining employment
- information and referral to other employment and community services
- Persons with disabilities
- FIT supports families with eviction prevention services, shelter diversion and rapid re-housing from shelter, with the goal of reducing or avoiding emergency shelter stays.
- Through a coordinated shelter intake process FIT staff assess a family's housing needs and develop a plan for best housing options.
- Family must be within seven days of losing their housing to access support.
Our program has several different services such as:
- Housing stability case management
- advocacy housing system navigation
- individualized support planning
- support to ensure a positive tenancy (rent paid on time, maintenance requests etc.)
- Income Support (e.g. Ontario Works)
- Employment Services/Employment Resource Centres
- Children's Services
- Seniors Services
- Housing Services
Offers outreach activities and support groups.