Regional Advisory Board (Volunteer)

Reaching Home is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness. Since its inception, Reaching Home has been encouraging communities to adopt a more fulsome approach to homelessness and has supported them in shifting away from emergency responses and focusing instead on longer-term solutions. Click here to learn more about Reaching Home.



The Regional Advisory Board (RAB) serves as an advisory committee to understand, plan and co-ordinate activities that raise awareness of the complex issues surrounding homelessness in rural and remote areas of Ontario. Members are expected to have in-depth knowledge of key sectors and systems that affect homelessness priorities.


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Assess and recommend projects for funding to United Way Simcoe Muskoka (UWSM) who serves as the Community Entity (CE).
  • Identify and engage with stakeholders in the community and build strong connections to other homelessness related programs and strategies.
  • Raise awareness and/or educate the public about rural and remote homelessness.
  • Support the CE in the governance, planning and implementation of Reaching Home.
  • Actively participate in quarterly meetings (in person, conference call, virtual).
  • Develop RAB Terms of Reference and other related policies and procedures, for example: membership application, roles and responsibilities of the chair, chair selection procedures, mandate or mission statements, and conflict of interest guidelines.
  • Recommend any specific review criteria over and above the RH assessment criteria.


Who Should Apply?

  • Interested applicants should meet the following criteria:
  • Represent one of the following subgroups: Academic & Research, Accessibility (Physical, Developmental), Cultural (Indigenous, Francophone, Newcomers, Minority Language Communities), Health, Homelessness Sector, Housing Sector, Legal/Corrections, Mental Health & Addictions, Northern and Rural Community in Ontario, Populations who are Homeless or At-Risk, Public Sector, Private Sector, Not-for-Profit Organization, Seniors and Youth
  • Have experience in reviewing and assessing funding applications
  • Be available to participate in quarterly meetings and to assess applications on own time


How to Apply:

Interested applicants are encouraged to send their resume and complete volunteer form (see button below) to: Rosslyn Junke, Director, Community Impact – Federal Initiatives at