LHC Elections Process

The Homeless Coalition Steering Committee consists of 8 members plus a Chair. Elections for Steering members and the Chair occur separately. Steering positions include: Vice-Chair, Secretary, Communications, Outreach, and 4 members-at-large. The Steering Committee meets on the 3rd Monday of each month from 9-10:30am. Terms last for 2 years.

  1. Elections

4.1 Date of Elections

4.1.1. The election of the Chair and Steering Committee members shall occur at the November General Membership meeting.

4.2 Nomination of Candidates

4.2.1. A call for nominations will take place at the October General Membership Meeting. Candidates shall indicate their intention to run for a position by notifying the Chair in the window between the October General Membership Meeting and the Sunday before the October Steering Committee Meeting on the third Monday of the month.    This notification should briefly include the candidate’s interest in holding the position, and their reasons for wishing to participate.  Nominations will be closed on that Sunday.

4.2.2. Using an updated Membership list prepared in advance by the Secretary, the Steering Committee shall finalize the ballot at its October meeting.

4.2.2. The Chair shall circulate the information provided to him/her by the candidates regarding their interest in holding the position and their reasons for wishing to participate in the agenda for the November General Membership Meeting.  

4.3 Election of Candidates

4.3.1. Candidates will be given an opportunity to briefly address the Membership at the Election Meeting.  Candidates who are unable to attend the meeting may submit their remarks in writing to be communicated to the Members.

4.3.2. There shall be two ballots – one for the Chair and one for the Members of the Steering Committee.

4.3.3. If the number of candidates for the Steering Committee is equal to the number of open spots on the Steering Committee, the slate of candidates will be acclaimed.  If the number of candidates for the Steering Committee exceeds the number of open spots, an election shall be held.  Up to nine persons shall be elected, including the Chair.

4.3.4. Only members present at the November General Membership meeting shall have the ability to vote.  There shall be no proxies. The Secretary will take appropriate measures to ensure that only the votes of Voting Members’ are counted.

4.3.5. The Steering Committee will delegate the task of Scrutineer to a Resource Member.  If required, a second Resource Member will be selected to assist the Scrutineer.

4.3.6. The candidate who receives the most votes shall be considered elected.

4.3.7. In the case of a tie, there will be a second ballot.

4.3.8. At the end of the election, ballots will be destroyed.

Voting in the London 2018 municipal election

Note: All citizens of London have the right to vote and may vote at their closest polling station without ID or a fixed address. However, this will require completion of two forms, so we recommend some work in advance to access ID and verify address, as outlined below.

How staff can assist those experiencing homelessness before the election:


 Get on the Voters’ List

  • This can be completed beforehand by going to the Elections Office in City Hall.
  • Your address does not have to be an exact location. It can be a street corner or approximate location.
  • Support and Shelter Staff can assist with the process by providing a completed Declaration of Identity Form.


 Ensure you have the correct ID


Even if you missed step 1 and step 2, you can still go and vote!

  • Receiving a Voter Notification Card and having ID makes voting quicker. However, without the card, not being on the voting list, and not having ID are not limitations on voting, they just mean a longer process at the poll.
  • Ideally, bring ID or a completed Declaration of Identity Form to the poll.
  • To know where to go to vote, you can enter an address closest o where you usually stay on the City of London website.


Child Abuse Call to Action Symposium

Good afternoon everyone,

On behalf of the Child Abuse Prevention Council of London & Middlesex, you are warmly invited to participate in the upcoming Call to Action Symposium that will be held on Thursday, October 4th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Children’s Aid Society.  A continental breakfast will be available beginning at 8 am.

Thank you to those of you who have responded!  If you haven’t already done so please RSVP to save a spot.

The invitation is attached along with the Child Abuse & Neglect Community Framework that was developed by the Child Abuse Prevention Council.

The symposium goals are to:

  1. Enhance awareness of prevention factors for child abuse & neglect and how all sectors play a role
  2. Develop a Community Action Plan
  3. Share practical organizational resources to support your work

We value your time and expertise and look forward to having you join us on October 4th.

If you have any questions or to register, please email me at avril_flanigan@sympatico.ca

With thanks,


Subsidized Youth Transit Pass

On behalf of Cheryl Smith, Manager, Neighbourhood Strategic Initiatives & Funding, Neighbourhood, Children & Fire Services, City of London


Starting September 1, 2018, young people aged 13 to 17 can purchase a monthly transit pass for $52.00/month.

In December 2017, as part of the annual budget update process, Council approved a 22-month pilot that will provide youth ages 13-17 with a subsidized transit pass for $52 per month. This pilot will begin on September 1st. September pass sales for the new Youth Transit Pass opened across the community last week.

Program Information

  • Youth Transit Passes will be available for purchase at one of eight City locations OR one of two LTC locations. The attached document outlines the purchasing locations for the Youth Transit Pass, and provides a general overview about the program.
  • To purchase a Youth Transit Pass, residents will need to visit one of the sales locations in person to purchase the initial youth pass. After the initial purchase, residents will be able to purchase the monthly Youth Transit pass online through the LTC website, or by visiting any of the ten locations around the city (see attached document for locations).
  • Riders may be required to show their valid Secondary School ID card OR government-issued photo ID at the time of boarding.
  • Student tickets will still be available for purchase (5 tickets for $7.70) at LTC locations and existing LTC vendor locations.

Attached to this email is a poster and some digital assets about this new program. We are hoping that you can help us spread the word about this new program with organizations and the young people they may serve.

If you have any questions about this new program, please contact Jen Carter at jecarter@london.ca.

Ontario Renovates Funding

On behalf of City of London Housing Division

Hello All,

The City of London Housing Division has been working on expanding the Ontario Renovates Program to include the home repair financial assistance. We have revamped our application form and are pleased to announce that the 2018 Ontario Renovates Program will begin accepting applications. See the attachments

We would appreciate if you can spread the word and let your interested tenants/clients know about our program to further assist their independent living. Funding is limited and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Program Overview:

  • The program provides grant/loan to low-to-moderate income seniors and person(s) with disabilities that resides in City of London or Middlesex County.
  • Homeowners may apply for one-time grant up to $5,000 for home accessibility modifications and/or forgivable loan up to $15,000 for home repairs.
  • Landlord/Tenant may apply for one-time grant up to $5,000 for accessibility modifications.
  • Applicants will be required to provide documentation for income and asset eligibility assessment. Details on eligibility can be found in our website.

Information and How to Apply:

For further information on eligibility and the application forms, please refer to our website: http://www.london.ca/residents/Housing/Housing-Programs/Pages/OntarioRenovatesProgram.aspx#SUBMIT%20APPLICATION

Application forms will also be available in our Housing Access Centre located at Citi Plaza, 2nd Floor, 355 Wellington Street, Suite 248. For any other inquiries, please call 519-661-0861 or email housing@london.ca

Diversion and Rapid Rehousing Training

The City of London is Hosting

A Systems Approach to Solving Chronic Homelessness: Diversion and Rapid Rehousing

 Training Presented by

Iain De Jong, President & CEO, OrgCode Consulting Inc.


Date:             Friday, October 5, 2018

Times:           9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location:      BMO Centre London, 295 Rectory St, London, ON N5Z 2A7

   Who Should Plan to Attend: London’s homeless serving sector


About the Training: This training aims to motivate and inspire a collaborative systems approach to solving chronic homelessness through effective Diversion and Rapid Rehousing. Join us to learn about how London’s homeless serving sector can work together to reduce the pressures on emergency shelters and promote lasting housing stability.

 About OrgCode: OrgCode Consulting Inc. is recognized as a worldwide leader in homelessness solutions. To learn more about Iain or OrgCode visit: www.orgcode.com.

 Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided.

This session is being hosted by the City of London Homeless Prevention Team.

There is no cost to attend this training.

Assisting your residents/clients/participants to Vote in Ontario

The provincial election to occur on June 7th is rapidly approaching. The London Homeless Coalition has set one of its priorities for 2018/19 to be supporting individuals to access voting. Therefore, here is some information you can use this coming election.

One of the most significant barriers to voting is identification. As per this link, you require either a piece of government issued ID with name and current address, or your voter identification card and ID with your name. To address this barrier, Elections Ontario has a process for individuals to access a Certificate of Identity and Residence: from designated administrators.

Please see the following document as to how your organization can become a designatred administrator, and how your staff can be rostered to fill out the Certificate of Identity and Residence: Certificate-of-Identity-and-Residence-program-details


Training Invitation


Service Decision Prioritization Assistance Tool (SPDAT)

Iain De Jong, President & CEO, OrgCode Consulting Inc.

When:       Thursday, June 28, 2018

Time:         9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Place:        Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre (656 Elizabeth Street, London  N5Y 6L3)

Who’s Invited:         London’s homeless serving sector

About OrgCode:     OrgCode Consulting Inc. is recognized as a worldwide leader in homelessness solutions. To learn more about Iain, the SPDAT or OrgCode visit: www.orcgode.com

The SPDAT is currently being used by London’s homeless serving programs to match individuals and families to the right level of support, improve housing stability outcomes and track changes over time. This session aims to strengthen a common understanding of SPDAT products and how to use them.

 Lunch and Refreshments will be provided.

This session is being hosted by the City of London Homeless Prevention Team.

There is no cost to attend this training.

To register complete and return this form to homelessprevention@london.ca by Friday, June 22, 2018


Organization & Job Title:


Dietary Concerns:

Have you taken the full SPDAT training? Yes or No




We have had an incredible response from community members who have signed up to volunteer in this year’s enumeration event! Thank you to those who will be participating.

 WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS to make this year’s enumeration event a success. Volunteers play a critical role in enumeration events by surveying individuals and families experiencing homelessness. We can’t do it without you!

Join us as a volunteer on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 and be part of a group of engaged Londoners who are working to solve homelessness together.

To volunteer, please register by Monday April 16, 2018, through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/volunteer-application-package or request a paper application package by emailing countingourwayhome@kovacsgroup.ca.

Please share this email with friends, family, and colleagues who might be interested in volunteering during the enumeration event.

Community enumeration events are an essential part of our community’s response to homelessness. You can find out more about London’s 2018 community enumeration event, Counting Our Way Home, by going to: http://www.london.ca/residents/homeless-prevention/Pages/be-involved.aspx



Jan Richardson

Manager, Homeless Prevention


519-661-2489 ext. 5228