Indigenous Reaching Home VNFC as Community Entity

We would like to begin by acknowledging the lək̓ ʷəŋən and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples and their vital connection to their traditional territories. We honour their right to be included in all matters related to their territories. We further recognize the Métis, Inuit, and urban Indigenous Peoples living in this territory who make valuable contributions to the community of Greater Victoria. 

As of April 1st, 2022, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC) became the Community Entity (CE) for the federal Indigenous Reaching Home funding stream through to March 31st, 2024.  Indigenous Reaching Home is a community-based program, aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to organizations providing supports for urban Indigenous community who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. 

Starting June 27th, 2022, we wish to invite Indigenous-led and Indigenous-serving not-for-profit organizations in the Greater Victoria Area to request funding for eligible projects intended to operate through March 2024. 

STEP ONE – Community Engagement, Launch and Verbal/Narrative Project ideas: June 27th, 2022

By inviting our hard-working, busy Indigenous-serving eligible organizations to engage with the Indigenous Reaching Home staff directly, we will engage in an initial Narrative session to ask questions and share information that may help identify the viability of proposed Indigenous Reaching Home projects very quickly. 

Narrative sessions will occur either in-person, or virtually as appropriate. We can also provide information that will help organizations determine if Indigenous Reaching Home projects are a good fit for them at this time, by outlining the reporting requirements and other considerations. 

Is my organization and/or project eligible for Indigenous Reaching Home funding? 

Eligible organizations may have one or more of the following: 

  • A majority of Indigenous leadership and/or staff
  • Dedicated, Indigenous-focused programming with a high number of housing-insecure Indigenous participants
  • 50% Indigenous Board membership

Have any questions? Please contact Indigenous Reaching Home Community Coordinator Katherin Cooper katherin.c@vnfc.ca

Narrative Session: What we’ll be asking

  • Project Name
  • Project Activities
  • Project Goals and Outcomes
  • What needs does this project address? 
  • Who will it serve? What are the numbers in mind?
  • What is the estimated funding request?   
  • How does this project align with the Indigenous Reaching Home directives? 

Reaching Home Directives: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/homelessness-sans-abri/directives-eng.html

STEP TWO – Collaborative Proposal Development: July-August 2022 

If a proposed project idea meets eligibility, and the organization would like to move forward, they are encouraged to work with the support of the Indigenous Reaching Home Community Coordinator to develop a fully detailed proposal, budget, and workplan that meets the directives. This will also ensure that there is a good understanding of eligible activities, as well as monitoring and reporting expectations for approved projects.  All templates for required documents (except for letters of support) will be provided by the Indigenous Reaching Home staff. Documents will include:

  • Detailed project description
  • Contact sheet/org chart
  • Detailed Reaching Home budget 
  • Detailed workplan
  • Letters of support, if applicable

STEP THREE – ICAB Review and Approvals: mid-August 2022 

Fully-developed proposals will come to the Indigenous Reaching Home Community Advisory Board (ICAB) for review and approval in a fair and transparent process in mid-August 2022. Should the funding be oversubscribed, the ICAB will undertake an adjudication process to determine successful proposals. Proposals will be evaluated against the following community funding priorities for eligible Indigenous Reaching Home activities:

Housing Services: 20% “Housing services are those that lead to an individual or family transitioning into more stable housing that has been deemed appropriate and safe.”

Prevention and Shelter Diversion: 25% “Prevention includes activities aimed at preventing homelessness by supporting individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness before a crisis occurs.”

Client Support Services: 35% “Client support services include individualized services to help improve integration and connectedness to support structures, such as the provision of basic needs and treatment services. They may also include services to support the economic, social and cultural integration of individuals and families.”

Capital Investments: 10% “Capital investments are intended to increase the capacity or improve the quality of facilities that address the needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, including those that support culturally appropriate programming for Indigenous individuals and families.”

Coordination of Resources and Data Collection: 10%, may be reinvested to other priorities as required “Coordination of resources refers to activities that: (1) enable communities to organize and deliver diverse services in a coordinated manner and/or (2) support the implementation of the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS) or the alignment of an existing Homeless Management Information System with federal coordinated access requirements.”

STEP FOUR – Approved Project Implementation: September 2022 – March 31st, 2024 

Once approved, successful applicants will receive agreements, and begin their projects as proposed. Additional intakes may occur if funding allows. 

 

For more information, please contact:

Indigenous Reaching Home Community Coordinator Katherin Cooper

Email:  katherin.c@vnfc.ca  Phone: 250-812-2739

Indigenous Reaching Home Program Administrator Karryn Hall

Reaching.home@vnfc.ca   Phone: 1-587-229-4573