Peel Housing Programs & Initiatives
Homelessness in Peel
Homelessness is defined as: being absolutely without shelter; being forced to share accommodation under conditions offering no security of tenure or which are adverse to physical and emotional well being, or; being at substantial risk of being on the street in the immediate future.
Reasons for Peel’s growing homelessness problem include: poverty (inadequate income due to low wages, job loss, under-employment, a lack of jobs for unskilled workers, and low social assistance rates); a lack of affordable housing; family violence and break-up (spousal abuse, parent/child conflict or abuse); weak or lacking familial, friendship, or community support networks; illness including mental health and addiction problems; eviction and the recent release from correctional facilities.
Peel’s Homelessness Strategy
There are many community agencies and organizations that participate in shared programs or initiatives with the Region of Peel to address homelessness, shelter, and housing needs. The Human Services Department and the Health Services Department are the primary Peel Departments working on homelessness issues.
A cross-departmental Homelessness Service Strategy Business Plan (SSBP) has been developed to guide the work of our Homelessness delivery programs. It is an integrated plan that serves our client through coordinated program delivery offered through various Peel Departments including Human Services, Health Services, and Business and Employee Services, and community partners. The SSBP describes a coordinated and integrated approach to activities between Regional service providers and partner agencies to combat homelessness and provide a comprehensive system of services along the continuum of care. The work resulting from the Region’s Homelessness SSBP enhances individual, family, and community capacity in dealing with homelessness. The Homelessness SSBP document is attached in the Appendix.
Peel’s Homeless Shelters and Services
Ten shelters of various types in the Region of Peel serve women and children, families, youth, and men. The Region owns three emergency shelters which have programs delivered by the Salvation Army, one in Brampton and two in Mississauga. The shelter’s programs provide in-house support services (such as counseling, support groups, and employment resources) and referrals to other community services. The objective is to provide residents with the skills and/or appropriate supports necessary for self-sufficiency upon exit from the shelter.
Peel’s Transitional Housing for the Homeless
Transitional housing is a category of government funded housing that provides medium-term accommodation for those who have experienced homelessness or shelter use. It is meant to bridge the gap between costly emergency shelters and permanent housing and is also known as second stage housing. For single residents it is often built in the form of small bachelor units, also referred to as “efficiency apartments” or “single room occupancy” units (SROs).
Transitional housing usually involves support services delivered on site, building on those available at emergency homeless shelters. Combined, the stability of transitional housing and the supportive services available through it, help to steady the lives of formerly homeless households, develop residents’ personal capacities and self-sufficiency, and advance their re-integration into Peel’s broader community.
The Homelessness Program and Transitional Housing is primarily managed by the Community Programs Unit. For more information please contact Grace Caron at 905-793-9200 ext. 8435 or by email.
Contact list for Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing