COVID-19 housing and homelessness update
Keeping you informed about our available services.
Homelessness services are available to all individuals who present a need. Our services have been deemed essential by the Ontario Government and will continue to operate.
Screenings at all our services are in place to ensure that suspected COVID-19 cases can be redirected to Peel Public Health for investigation and direction.
Our isolation program is available to anyone who is homeless and needs to self-isolate, including anyone who presents at a hospital or COVID-19 Assessment Centre. Access our referral process.
If you're at immediate risk of losing housing or are homeless call us at 905-453-1300.
Access a list of public access wireless (WiFi) spots in Peel.
View our handouts and resources section for printed material to support your program or building.
Street outreach program
Hours are being offered from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekend. Call 1-877-848-8481.
The Street Outreach Program has new procedures for the COVID-19 pandemic. Access the Street Outreach Program pandemic protocol guide.
Learn more about the street outreach program.
Washroom and shower facilities
The following locations are offering access to washroom and shower facilities to homeless individuals.
Regeneration Outreach Community, Brampton
- Now offers access to washrooms, showers and laundry facilities are available to those who are homeless, Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- New drop-in at program at Kennedy Road Tabernacle, 141 Kennedy Rd N, Brampton. Available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program offers Nurse Practitioner care, help accessing the system for support, light snacks, access to washrooms, internet, cell phone charging and cots for sleeping.
- Visit Regeneration Outreach Community for more information.
City of Mississauga and The Salvation Army Peel, Mississauga
The facilities will be open Monday to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Salvation Army staff will be on site to provide personal needs supplies and assist with social services referrals.
Each site is operated under the same guidelines. Refer to our washroom and facility guide for details.
Shelters and transitional facilities
Contact the shelter before going or call the Region of Peel at 905-453-1300. Find an emergency shelter.
Additional supports are being provided. View our system response.
These supports include:
- Signage, physical distancing protocols, screening, extra cleaning and personal protective equipment for clients and staff, and;
- An isolation program for clients who need to self-isolate and/or being tested for COVID-19, and;
- A recovery program for those who are recovering from the virus.
We have developed the following guide for our Homelessness Services to follow while operating during this pandemic. Here's our COVID-19 Guide for Homelessness Services.
Each homelessness service has a site-specific plan:
- Angela's Place
- Brampton Queen Street Youth Shelter
- Cawthra Shelter
- Ellen House
- Genesis Lodge
- Isolation Program
- Oliver's House
- Our Place Peel
- Peel Family Shelter
- Peel Youth Village
- Recovery Program
- Refugee Shelter
- Regeneration Outreach Community
- Shelter Overflow
- St. Leonard's
- Wilkinson Shelter
Our additional resources section offers resources like signs and posters for use by housing and homelessness providers that can be printed.
Food banks, pantries and meal programs
Resources for housing and homelessness providers to use to support homeless individuals:
- Food programs for homeless individuals in Brampton
- Food programs for homeless individuals in Mississauga
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak the 2020 Point in Time Count is cancelled. All community stakeholders will be updated when new information is available.
Housing providers are urged to close all common rooms or community spaces and postpone all in-person community programs. Providers are also urged to postpone all in-person meetings including Board meetings and all General Membership Meetings.
Providers are urged to close all common rooms or community spaces and postpone all in-person community programs. Providers are also urged to postpone all in-person meetings including Board meetings and all General Membership Meetings.
It's expected that Public Health Ontario disinfecting guidelines are followed for building maintenance. These guidelines are especially important for high traffic areas such as building entrances, elevators and laundry rooms. Cleaning processes should be shared with tenants. You can post signs reminding tenants of the importance of hand washing and to avoid touching any shared surfaces.
Housing providers should postpone issuing any Notice of Decisions for Loss of Eligibility. And please be advised that until further notice, all Service Manager Appeals for Loss of Subsidy are on hold.
- The Ontario government has suspended all new evictions considering the COVID-19 crisis. Landlord and Tenant Board is postponing all in-person hearings.
- Providers must discontinue issuing all Landlord and Tenant Board notices and discontinue any applications for eviction.
- Providers must not proceed with any eviction orders currently in progress.
Visit Tribunals Ontario for additional information.
Continue to lease units practicing physical distancing and using online options where possible. Track vacancies and the efforts made to fill them.
Support for tenants
It's important to note that these measures should be in place for all tenants inclusive of those paying market rent.
- Accommodating late or missing rent payments and allowing for payment arrangements to be made once the emergency situation is resolved.
- Not charging tenants any bank fees including insufficient funds (NSF).
- Allowing tenants to cancel preauthorized rental payments.
- No late fees being applied to any member accounts.
Housing Providers, if this creates financial hardship for you, please contact your Housing Specialist.
Possible benefits for tenants
As part of the Government of Canada's emergency care package, there are benefits that are available to support you. These benefits include Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB).
Review the highlights of Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
The Ontario government is also offering benefits as part of the action plan including the Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) doubled payments.
Review the highlights of Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19.
- Peel’s Homeless COVID-19 response
- Guidance for vulnerable populations in group living settings
- Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA)
- Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHFC)
- Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB)
- Housing in Peel (HIP) policies
- Peel Halton Co-operative Housing Federation (PH CHF)
The following resources for housing and homelessness providers to download, print and use:
- Entrance sign
- Physical distancing
- Physical distancing in common eating areas
- Keep healthy in common eating areas
- Hand washing
- Harm reduction tips
- How to self-monitor
- How to self-isolate
- Overdose response tips
- Washrooms, showers and drop-in centre locations
- Notice to visitors at a senior’s residence
- Notice to visitors
- Safety reminders
Requesting COVID-19 testing and swabs for congregate settings (non-long term care)
Congregate settings (shelters, group homes, assisted living, other) requiring COVID-19 testing and swabs can complete a request form and then use the submit button to send to Peel Public Health. Access the COVID-19 testing and swabs request form.
Regionally funded facility or programs will need to make sure their Regional contact is aware that the request has been submitted.
If you have any questions you can email PHSwabRequests@peelregion.ca.