Struggling to pay your shelter costs -- the CHPI Fund might be able to helpWednesday, February 19, 2014 by: Kate Adams
District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board
The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board would like people to know that there is assistance for citizens struggling to pay their shelter costs. Anyone living on a low or fixed income in the Nipissing District could qualify for funding to help with such things as energy costs, rent arrears and mortgage payments. The funding is available through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) Fund.
“Citizens experiencing hardship to maintain their home or avoid eviction are among those who may qualify for assistance through the CHPI Fund,” says DNSSAB Board Chair, George Maroosis.
“It’s been an unusually cold winter and that has made it tougher for people, some of whom may be forced to choose between paying their hydro bill or buying groceries. The DNSSAB is working with municipalities and other community organizations to assist citizens through this fund.”
In order to qualify for the funding, applicants must undergo a means test, which means they will be asked about their income and current assets. Anyone in need is urged to call (705)474-2151 ext. 3167 or 1-877-829-5121 ext. 3167 and someone will help determine eligibility, and what documentation is needed. If approved and all paperwork is in order, applicants could receive payments in a matter of days. Anyone receiving social assistance, such as Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Payment, may also qualify but must be referred through their caseworker.
Applicants can apply for this grant once every two years.
Also available as part of this fund is a one-time heating costs grant, that is only available until March 31st. Details about this fund include:
- Effective to March 31, 2014 or until funding has been exhausted
- Maximum of $3000.00 per benefit unit
- Homeowners and Renters
- Expenses considered include; wood, propane, oil, oil tank replacement, furnace repairs etc…
- Partial payments for heating related one-time expenses that exceed $3000.00 will be considered if documentation can be provided to verify that the balance has been paid.
- Must meet CHPI eligibility criteria including reason for applying, income level and asset level
- One time grant
- May not be eligible if already accessed CHPI benefits for heating costs
The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board is responsible for the delivery of social services, such as Ontario Works, Childcare related programs, Social Housing and Emergency Medical Services/Land Ambulance throughout the District of Nipissing.
In addition to this, many service delivery partners receive funding from the DNSSAB to assist citizens with Human Services needs.