London’s 2018 Enumeration Report

On April 24, 2018, the City of London held its fourth annual community enumeration event, Counting Our Way Home.

During the enumeration event 73 community volunteers and 20 team leaders from homelessness serving agencies surveyed 406 individuals and families experiencing homelessness in 15 locations in London.

For the findings from the 2018 community enumeration event, please see Counting Our Way Home.

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.

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,

Avril.

Subsidized Youth Transit Pass

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

Hello,

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