Reaching Home

Reaching Home – Canada’s Homelessness Strategy (RH)
Request for Proposals

The United Way Peterborough & District (UWP) as the Community Entity for Peterborough City and County is pleased to announce that a Reaching Home Call for Proposals for the period of April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2024 is open.


Reaching Home (RH): Canada’s Homelessness Strategy is a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness across Canada. This program provides funding to communities to help them address their local homelessness needs.

Reaching Home supports 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 fiscal year 2027 to 2028.

Homelessness has an impact on every community in Canada. It affects individuals, families, women fleeing violence, youth, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities.

Housing First is an effective way to reduce homelessness, as well as reduce pressure on other emergency services. Housing First under Reaching Home involves moving people experiencing homelessness from the streets or homeless shelters directly into permanent housing.

Backed by a large body of evidence, the Housing First approach was a priority for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy in 2014. Under the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, eligible Housing First projects targeted people who were chronically and episodically homeless.

Under Reaching Home, the Housing First approach will continue to be supported as a proven approach to tackling homelessness, including chronic homelessness, which is an important priority to the Government of Canada. However, as of April 1, 2019, all mandatory Housing First investment targets have been removed. This gives communities more flexibility to use the Housing First approach for vulnerable populations, beyond those experiencing chronic homelessness.

By stabilizing the lives of homeless and at-risk individuals, the RH contributes to the mission of Employment and Social Development Canada to build a stronger and more competitive Canada, to support Canadians in making choices that help them live productive and rewarding lives and to improve Canadians’ quality of life.

Funding Available

Priority Area


2021-22 2022-23


Housing Services and/or Prevention and Shelter Diversion and/or Support Services


$223,179 $233,844


Total Annual Fund Available


$223,179 $233,844


To qualify for funding, projects must clearly demonstrate an alignment with the following outcomes as identified by Peterborough’s Homelessness Plan.Reaching Home is a new program that has replaced the former Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) and as such has different priorities. Funding Decisions will be guided by Peterborough Homelessness Plan and the Peterborough Homelessness Coordinated Access System

  • To reduce chronic homelessness to zero by 2025
  • Priority populations include youth under 24 and seniors over 65 and the chronically homeless
  • To reduce new inflows into homelessness
  • To reduce returns to homelessness
  • To have real time data through a by-name list and data dashboards that show everyone in the community experiencing homelessness


All proposals, that are complete and submitted on time, will be evaluated by the RH Community Advisory Board (CAB). Proposals will be scored using a standard set of scoring tools assessing the proposals alignment to the objective, outcomes and deliverables identified in this Request for Proposal document.

RFP Details Released to Community November 21, 2019
Proposal Deadline January 13, 2020
CAB Review of Proposal 1st week of February 2020
Notification of Funding Decision End of February 2020


Proposals received will be scored based on the following criteria.

Criteria Scoring Grid
A.     Organizational Experience & Capacity 5 = Exceeds Standard

3 = Meets Standard

1 = Below Standard

0 = Does not meet criteria

B.     Project Need, Rationale & Design
·         Alignment to Community Plan Priorities
·         Alignment to RH Objectives & Priorities
C.     Project Evaluation Methodology & Alignment to Outcomes
D.     Community Collaboration & Coordination
E.     Financial Stability & Oversight
F.     Project Sustainability


Eligible activities and expenses are grouped into the following three priority areas.

  1. Housing Services
  2. Prevention and shelter diversion
  3. Support services


For your application to be considered complete and to proceed through the review process you must ensure the following documents are included in the emailed submission:


Email your completed application form and budget to:


  • The deadline for completed applications is January 13, 2020.
  • Incomplete applications or applications received after this deadline will be reviewed after all other applications have been processed.
  • UWP will send a reply email to confirm receiving your application. If you have not received such an email within two business days of sending, please follow up with an email to the address above.


 Applications must be submitted via email in the original fillable PDF (application) and Excel (Budget and Staff Summary) format. Where necessary the scanned signature page will be accepted.
Scanned copies (or any other format) of the Application, Budget or Staff Summary will not be accepted.
Please do not attach any documents other than what is required on the application forms.

UWP reserves the right to ask for additional information as the review process moves forward.
Details on Eligible and ineligible actives is available here.

If you have questions about the funding application or budget form please refer to the Reaching Home Application and Budget Guide first, all additional questions regarding this RFP should be directed to:


A Roof Over my head…. 2018 Enumeration Report

Every two years, the Homelessness count shows the community a snapshot of housing and homelessness in Peterborough City and County. It offers us a chance to reflect and understand the supports needed to assist those in accessing a home.

Information on homelessness is essential to understand the nature and extent of homelessness in the City and County of Peterborough, the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness, to plan services, and measure progress towards ending homelessness. The 2018 Homelessness Enumeration Report provides a profile of homelessness in our community based on the homelessness count and surveys conducted in the City and County of Peterborough from March 20th to March 23rd, 2018.

Click here to read the full report.

2018 Enumeration Results

Between March 20 to March 23, 2018, 364 people were approached and 200 surveys were completed. At least 259 people identified were experiencing homelessness in Peterborough. This includes 142 people who are unsheltered or staying in Emergency or Domestic Violence shelters, this also includes 94 people who are experiencing hidden homelessness. Survey locations included 17 City, 11 County and 9 street routes. Over 80 volunteers committed more than 400 hours and found that homelessness occurs across all demographics including children under 18 years of age.


Click here to view the key findings.

iCountPtbo – Report Release

Click here to register for the event. 


iCountPtbo – preliminary results are in!

Click here to read article with preliminary results

Click here to listen to Peterborough This Week podcast featuring Lisa Smith (Director of Philanthropic Impact, United Way Peterborough & District) and Dorothy Olver (Program Manager, City of Peterborough, Social Services Division) 




The preliminary results are in!  Please join us on Thursday April 12th from 2-3pm in the Multipurpose Room at the Library, where we will be sharing some initial results from ICountPtbo.  It’s an opportunity to learn more about the people experiencing homelessness in our community and what this means for our homeless service system.

RSVP by clicking this link!

iCountPtbo – Complete a Survey

Are you couch surfing, sleeping outside, or homeless?

We would like to talk to you and complete a short housing and homelessness survey

You will receive a gift card for taking the time to answer our questions

There are a number of ways to complete a survey:

  1. Call us at 705-742-8839 March 20 6pm-11pm, March 21-23 9am-5pm.
  2.  Drop by one of the survey locations listed by clicking here.
  3. If you are age 16-24, come to our youth event March 21st 4PM-7PM at the Library. Click here for details.
  4. If you’re out and about on March 20, you may be approached by a volunteer to complete the survey. Volunteers will also be conducting surveys in the shelters and warming room.
  5. The following service providers will also be conducting surveys with their clients. If you are a client of one of these organizations, please ask staff about how to complete a survey.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Dalhousie Youth Support Services
  • Elizabeth Fry Society
  • Employment Planning Council
  • Four Counties Brain Injury Association
  • Four Counties Addictions Services Team (FOURCAST)
  • John Howard Society
  • Peterborough Youth Services

iCountPtbo – Call for Volunteers

Click here for information about how you can volunteer for our upcoming #iCountPtbo Homelessness Enumeration.

Mandatory Volunteer Training: Volunteers MUST attend one of the following volunteer training sessions.

March 7 @ 12-2pm @ Peterborough Library (FOL Community Room)

March 7 @ 6:30-8:30@ Peterborough Library (FOL Community Room)

March 15 @ 2:30-4:30pm @ Peterborough Library (Multi-purpose Room)

iCountPtbo – Media Communication

Read our Media Release here!

iCountPtbo – FAQs

  1. What’s happening? – Peterborough is conducting a week long initiative to better understand the needs of people experiencing homelessness.  For four days, from March 20th to March 23rd, trained volunteers will be conducting short surveys in Peterborough City and County.  The goal is to know every person experiencing homelessness in our community by name and to help them get connected to available housing and support services as quickly as possible.


  1. Why is undertaking homelessness count important?
  • Community partners working to change homelessness in Peterborough want understand the needs of the homeless population in order to best inform planning and investments.
  • This process will ensure everyone experiencing homelessness is accounted for, will assist in understanding the big picture of need and level of vulnerability of people experiencing homelessness across Peterborough, and help to plan and better allocate responses and supplement effective programming.
  • It will provide information and allow us to measure progress towards ending homelessness.
  • It will increase public awareness about homelessness.
  • Our count is part of a cross-Canada initiative. The results of our PiT Count will contribute to a better understanding of homelessness regionally, provincially/territorially and nationally. The initiative is also a requirement of the Province for all Social Service Managers to conduct counts of people experiencing homelessness in their communities.
  • It is not simply about enumerating homeless persons; it’s about catalyzing change at the local and national levels to end homelessness.


  1. How will it work? – Teams of trained volunteers present on the streets, in shelters, drop-ins and other community service locations over March 20th to 23rd and conduct a short housing and homelessness survey with anyone experiencing homelessness who wishes to participate. The data collected will be compiled and shared back at a Community Debrief session on April 3rd for anyone interested in hearing more about the results and the next steps.

It will include three components:

  • Unsheltered (outside) Teams stop every person they encounter in outdoor study areas in public places. This information is used to calculate an estimate of the number of people sleeping outdoors on the night of the survey.
  • Sheltered (inside) Staff will collect the actual number of people who are homeless and staying in temporary shelter.
  • Unsheltered, Sheltered, and Hidden Volunteers will conduct a needs assessment surveys with people who are homeless and willing to be surveyed.


  1. What will we do with this information? – The count includes invitation for participants to share their name and contact information.  The names collected will be organized based on each individual or family’s needs, and as different resources become available, the households will be matched with the most appropriate resource.  This could include affordable housing, financial supports, supportive housing or private market units. A report on the key findings from the initiative will be released in June.  The data collected will also contribute to a cross-Canada picture of homelessness.


  1. How can people get involved? – Anyone interested in ICountPtbo can sign-up for our mailing list, or follow us on Twitter. Volunteer opportunities will be shared through those channels.  We need volunteers to help conduct the surveys over four days from March 20th to 23rd.  Volunteer training will take place on March 7th from 12-2pm and 6:30-8:30pm.  Anyone interested in learning more about the results and the next steps should attend the Community Debrief session on April 3rd.


  1. Will we count everyone who is experiencing homelessness? – We know we won’t capture everyone through ICountPtbo, but we will reach as many people as we can, and our numbers from the count in shelters and the streets will represent a minimum number of people experiencing absolute homelessness (unsheltered or in shelters). Peterborough agencies have agreed to continue to survey and connect with people on an ongoing basis, past the week long count to understand levels of need and connect people to appropriate resources for housing and supports.


  1. How will we ensure that highly vulnerable populations are not put at further risk?
  • Training: all ICountPtbo volunteers are trained to deliver the survey respectfully and safely.
  • The privacy and confidentiality of survey participants is our utmost priority. Participation in the survey is completely voluntary and every effort will be taken to maintain the confidentiality of people experiencing homelessness. Data obtained from the surveys are aggregated so that the published results cannot be used to identify people.
  • Resource Cards: We will use ICountPtbo as an opportunity to provide information on available services. Resource cards will be provided to those who show interest, regardless of their participation in the survey.


  1. Why is a National Count taking place?
  • Historically, it has been difficult to compare data on homelessness across Canadian communities.
  • One of the greatest barriers to comparability is the difference in data collection processes used across the Country.
  • As such, federal government requires that all participating communities ask a set of Core Survey Questions. The Core Questions include items intended to identify whether the respondent is homeless for the purpose of the count, to provide some demographic information about the homeless population and to highlight potential service needs.
  • Communities can now compare their data with other communities regionally, provincially and nationally.
  • A coordinated survey puts us one step closer to a national picture of homelessness!


  1. What’s included in the ICountPtbo survey?
  • The methodology and survey design were developed through extensive research and consultation with experts along with feedback from Canadian communities that have previously conducted counts.
  • The survey method used is that recommended for use by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to ensure a statistically valid survey methodology.
  • A widely endorsed quality assurance method is in place to aid in ensuring that the outdoor estimate is as accurate as possible.

A PiT Count Survey Form has three distinct components:

  1. The opening script, used by volunteers to obtain consent from potential participants;
  2. The screening questions, used by volunteers to determine who is eligible to participate in the survey;
  3. The survey questions, asked by volunteers to gather data on people who are experiencing homelessness.


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