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Home First Community Support Program (16+)

Home First Community Support Program (16+)

The Home First Community Support Team provides services and supports for those who are precariously housed in York Region and South Simcoe and includes the following programs:

  • Housing First
  • Supports Within Housing
  • Mental Health Support Specialists
  • Housing Hub: drop-by 1:1 support from our Mental Health Support Specialists for individuals (first come, first served) with a Mental Health Support Specialist and a take-and-go meal. Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12:45 pm.
  • RentSmart Training – A Housing Stability and Eviction Prevention Model, designed to build a combination of life skills, knowledge and confidence in tenants and landlords through Community Educators. To learn more, click here.
  • Landlord Incentive Program, an evidence-based program aimed at reducing the barriers young people face when looking for housing/rehousing or facing eviction. To learn more, click here.

You can register at the front door for an available in-person time to meet and be connected at our Aurora location (entrance available off the back of Temperance Street).

Who is This Program Intended For?

  • Those 16 years of age or above
  • Individuals experiencing chronic homelessness and/or mental health challenges
  • Individuals and families that are homeless and in need of a rental subsidy to maintain a safe and affordable living environment
  • Individuals and families in shelters who are in need of connection to mental health services

Contact Us to Register for Support

For a referral to Housing First or Supports Within Housing, contact Streamlined Access.

Phone: 1.844.660.6602 or visit York Support’s website

Chronic homelessness refers to individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness AND who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • They have a total of at least 6 months (180 days) of homelessness over the past year
  • They have recurrent experiences of homelessness over the past 3 years, with a cumulative duration of at least 18 months (546 days)

Note: There are a number of criteria which must be met to determine eligibility for the services offered by this program.

The Home First Community Support Program Offers

  • Access to a housing specialist to support you in connecting with potential landlords to secure safe and affordable housing
  • Access to a Case Manager to work 1:1 on recovery-focused goals
  • Access to a Housing Specialist to work with you and your landlord to maintain your housing once housed
  • Access to a rent supplement
  • Connection to a multi-disciplinary team approach to care
  • Mental Health Support Specialists provide outreach to individuals residing in shelters, transitional sites and rough sleeping through 1:1 connections

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