Reaching Home

A home for every Canadian

Homelessness is one of the most devastating obstacles that an individual can face. The idea of not having a safe place to sleep every night, a roof over your head or a shelter from the unbearable heat and frigid nights that our communities face is something that most of us don’t ever have to think about.

But for more than 129,000 Canadians, that is a daily reality.

United Way Simcoe Muskoka administers the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home: Rural and Remote funding stream in rural and remote communities across Ontario, aiming to provide housing and supports for those experiencing homelessness or living rough.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, UWSM funded more Reaching Home communities than ever before, approving more than $5 million in homelessness prevention and reduction initiatives through 78 projects across the province. This included our annual base funding of $1.8 million.

Reaching Home, offered through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), is part of the Government of Canada’s National Housing Strategy. It is a community-based program aimed to prevent homelessness and reduce chronic homelessness nationally by 50% by fiscal year 2027 to 2028.

Our 2020-2021 Impact


Programs funded, including…


COVID-specific projects

“We were able to assist a client with housing who has been waiting for an offer from the Social Housing Division in Cornwall since September 2020. The client has been couch surfing with different friends since leaving her abusive relationship. The client was able to secure market rent housing and we were able to assist her in applying for the Canadian Ontario Housing Benefit which would provide her with subsidy and worked with the city to get the client’s last month’s rent paid.” – Elizabeth Fry Society Ottawa


People were provided housing


Indigenous peoples supported

“We had taken on a resident in Transitional Housing that was wrongly evicted. He was an elderly gentlemen, and his stay with us was to be shorter as the eviction was being appealed to the Tribunal. As it turned out, he was with us for over two years as the landlord appealed and has refused to abide by the tribunal’s ruling which was in the client’s favour. We have been able to arrange for accommodation in a supportive housing facility better aligned with his health and care needs.” – The Inn of Good Shepherd Sarnia


People with disabilities supported


Youth supported

For more information on other funding streams across Ontario including urban and Indigenous communities, click here to Find a Reaching Home contact for your community.

For Simcoe County, contact the County of Simcoe.

How to apply

Updated April 29, 2022

UPDATE: The call for applications has now closed.


  • The Call for Applications has closed and our assessment process will now begin. Our Regional Advisory Board will review all applications over the next month, and funding notification will be issued to all applicants by the end of May.
  • Anticipated funding period: June, 2022 – March 31, 2023
  • See Additional Resources
  • See Project Examples