HOMELESS PREVENTION PROGRAM (HPP)
HPP is a BC Housing initiative aimed at providing people in identified at-risk groups with portable rent supplements to help them access rental housing in the private market. The program assists women, including those with children in their care, who are:
- Homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless due to crisis or transition, and
- Have proven financial need.
Identified at-risk groups eligible for HPP support:
- Youth (24 years of age or younger)
- Victims of violence or those that are at-risk of violence
- Those leaving the correctional or hospital system
- Individuals of Aboriginal decent
NOW Canada’s Housing Support Coordinator works with clients who are homeless, or at-risk of becoming homeless, to secure and/or maintain safe affordable housing.
For at-risk clients who are seeking housing, services could include:
- Developing a case plan with client;
- Referring client to appropriate housing options;
- Providing client with current rental listings;
- Referring clients to support services or skills training;
- Where appropriate, accompanying clients to view housing or meet with landlords.
For clients who are currently placed as tenants and are at risk of losing their housing, or those who have recently secured new housing, services could include:
- Providing clients with rental supplements when appropriate (see below);
- Mediating between tenant and landlord if necessary;
- Providing follow-up and on-going support to tenants;
- Referring clients to support services or skills training.
If you are in need of housing support click here to request a meeting with the Housing Support Coordinator.
One-time or short-term rent supplements can be provided to eligible (see above criteria) at-risk clients who have proven financial need. The supplements can be used for a variety of purposes that would aid a client in securing and/or maintaining housing.
To submit a request for a rental supplement click here.