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DNSSAB's Role in

Mitigating Homelessness
Front entrance to Nipissing District's Low Barrier Shelter.

2020

February
Mayor’s Round Table report, issued pre-pandemic, emphasized the need for solutions for vulnerable populations; mental health and addictions services, low barrier shelter (LBS) and transitional housing

$1.2M in capital was approved by MMAH for a 16 bed transitional housing development (later to be known as Northern Pines). RFP for operator issued.

April
Opening of LBS at Centre of Friends in (moved to YMCA April 16th, then Pete Pelangio Arena, and finally Chippewa site in August 2020).  These sites included on-site COVID isolation space.

Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF) Provincial COVID one-time funding and Federal COVID funding directed to the priority of establishing a temporary 24 hour low barrier emergency shelter.   

October
SSRF COVID and OPHI Provincial funding for 20 additional (modular) housing units for Chippewa site, added 9 beds to LBS in addition to 12 existing and 10 overflow spaces at the end of January.

December
Opened day program – Monday to Friday at Chippewa site -on weekends at IFC from mid-December 2020 to April 30th 2021, providing support services and shelter from cold.    

 

Initial construction started on Northern Pines.

2021

June
Using the SSRF and  OPHI funding, construction for Gateway House Phase 2 began. These 20 units will provide affordable and supportive housing for individuals who are moving along the housing continuum.

August
Requests for funding to increase the supply of affordable housing  with supports (such as Northern Pines) made to MoH and MMAH through AMO delegations.

September
A Homelessness Landscape Report was created to serve as a checkpoint and to provide a clear path of action to addressing the increase to homelessness.

October
A Homelessness Action Plan was developed to provide a realistic and attainable path of action which is within the Board’s scope of responsibility and strategic direction.

The “See the Person” Anti-Stigma campaign began.

November
Funded through the IAH, Gateway Phase 1 opened. These 16 units provide stable, supported housing for individuals who are currently homeless or at risk, and living with complex barriers.

December
Advocacy for housing and health supports as MPP Vic Fedeli toured the Gateway (later Northern Pines) Campus. 

MPP Fedeli and DNSSAB Board members visit Northern Pines in December 2021
Mackay Homes

2022

January
By-Name List of homeless individuals in the Nipissing District has been developed and is active.

The Low-Barrier Shelter has been stabilized with funding through to March 31, 2023.

February
An Encampment Coordinated Response Table was formed and meets regularly.

DNSSAB received an increase to its annual allocation for the Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit.

April
The Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) launched on April 1, 2022, is tied to the By-Name List and aligns with Coordinated Access efforts.

Announced April 7, the DNSSAB received nearly $1.3 million through the Social Services Relief Fund Phase 5 to assist with the delivery of critical services, create longer-term housing solutions, and keep people safe. 

The Northern Pines transitional and supportive housing campus was officially announced at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 21, 2022.

June
The DNSSAB became a Built for Zero Canada member community with the goal of ending chronic and veteran homelessness in the Nipissing District.

July
HIFIS 4.0 officially went live & to date, there are 313 clients entered in the system.

September
Ownership of Mackay Homes was transferred to Nipissing District Housing Corporation.  This ensures that the 65-unit seniors residence remains as affordable housing.

Phase 1 of Northern Pines has reached full occupancy, with all 16 rooms occupied.

 

 

 

 

Related Documents:

 

Research Reports:

Type Title Download
PDF Document Homelessness Action Plan Report Dec 2021 Download 
PDF Document Integrating Social Services and Mental Health and Addiction Services for Vulnerable Populations Download 
PDF Document 10 Year Housing And Homelessness Plan Download 

 

Reports to the Board:

Type Title Download
PDF Document HS24 22 Canada Ontario Community Housing Initiative (COCHI) & Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative (OPHI) – 2022 2023 Investment Plan May 2022 Download 
PDF Document HS23 22 Encampment Response Information Update May 2022 Download 
PDF Document HS22 22 Coordinated Access Nipissing Update And Prioritization Of Housing And Homelessness Resources Apr 2022 Download 
PDF Document HS19 22 Ontario Affordability Task Force Report Apr 2022 Download 
PDF Document HS14 22 Campus Name Change March 2022 Download 
PDF Document HS13 22 Homelessness Action Plan Update March 2022 Download 
PDF Document HS11 22 Reaching Home 2022 23 Funding Allocation Feb 2022 Download 
PDF Document HS10 22 Gateway Campus Name Change Options Feb 2022 Download 
PDF Document HS06 22 North Bay Warming Centre Update Feb 2022 Download 
PDF Document HS07 22 Northern Policy Institute’S Report On Homelessness Feb 2022 Download 
PDF Document B07 22 Resolution For Member Municipalities In Support Of Provincial Funding For Housing And Health Funding Jan 2022 Download 
PDF Document HS04 22 Social Services Relief Fund Phase 3 (SSRF P3) Rent Relief Project Update Jan 2022 Download 
PDF Document HS03 22 Coordinated Access Nipissing Update By Name List, Data Sharing Agreement, HIFIS 4.0 Jan 2022 Download 
PDF Document HS02 22 Gateway House Phase 1 And Low Barrier Shelter Update Jan 2022 Download 
PDF Document HS47 21 Homelessness Action Plan Oct 2021 Download 
PDF Document HS46 21 Homelessness Landscape Report Sept 2021 Download 
PDF Document HS14 21 Housing And Homelessness Service Eligibility March 2021 Download 
PDF Document HS10 21 Emergency Shelter Update March 2021 Download 
PDF Document HS39 20 Social Services Relief Fund – Phase 2 Allocations Nov 2020 Download 
PDF Document HS36 20 Everyonecounts Nipissingdistrict 2020 Infographic Oct 2020 Download 
PDF Document HS27 20 Emergency Low Barrier Shelter Update Sept 2020 Download 
PDF Document HS08 20 Procurement In Emergencies Emergency Shelter Support April 2020 Download 

 

Media Releases:

Type Title Download
PDF Document New Name, Same Service To District's Most Vulnerable Mar 23 2022 Download 
PDF Document By Name List Works To House Those In Need Mar 30 2022 Download 
PDF Document DNSSAB Sets Strategic Direction With New 20 Year Plan Jan 28 2022 Download 
PDF Document Nipissing Counts 2021 Enumeration Of Homelessness Sees Increase Of 2.39% In 2021 Dec 15 2021 Download 
PDF Document DNSSAB Sets Homelessness Action Plan A 12 Month Strategy Oct 27 2021 Download 
PDF Document Nipissing Counts 2021 The DNSSAB And Nipissing District Prepare For Annual Enumeration Of Homeless July 23 2021 Download 
PDF Document Day Programming Provides Warmth And Connects Vulnerable People To S.. Dec 23 2020 Download 
PDF Document Acts Of Kindness Show Community Support Dec 21 2020 Download 
PDF Document Shelter Is Available For People Who Are Homeless In Nipissing District Nov 18 2020 Download 
PDF Document Everyone Counts District Wide Homelessness Count Results Oct 29 2020 Download 
PDF Document DNSSAB Receives $4.2M In Provincial Funding For Homeless Oct 28 2020 Download 
PDF Document Additional Beds Being Added To Low Barrier Shelter At 590 Chippewa Oct 1 2020 Download 
PDF Document Province Announces DNSSAB Eligible For Up To $4.2M In Phase 2 SSRF Funding Aug 13 2020 Download 
PDF Document COVID 19 Low Barrier Shelter To Be Located At 590 Chippewa Street June 30 2020 Download 
PDF Document 24 Hour COVID 19 Responsive Emergency Homeless Support Shelter Moves To Pete Palangio Arena Apr 13 2020 Download 
PDF Document Provincial And Federal Funding To Assist Those Most In Need Apr 2 2020 Download 
PDF Document Emergency Homelessness Shelter To Open In North Bay Mar 30 2020 Download 
PDF Document Everyone Counts DNSSAB Prepares For District Wide Homlessness Count Feb 14 2020 Download