The COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Vulnerable Populations directly funds cities and communities to support vulnerable populations struggling with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Made possible by an unprecedented $10 million philanthropic donation from the Canadian Medical Association Foundation (CMAF), it will empower municipalities across Canada to better reach, protect and assist the most vulnerable among us—including those experiencing homelessness or grappling with mental health and substance use challenges.
FCM is supporting the CMA Foundation with the delivery of this initiative by providing expertise on community needs and engaging recipients. This joint effort by two of Canada’s largest membership organizations will save lives and help keep those needing medical assistance out of emergency rooms and community health centres.
The COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Vulnerable Populations will direct allocations to communities with homeless populations according to needs, based on the Designated Communities and Indigenous Homelessness Streams of the federal Reaching Home program for homelessness interventions.
Use of funds
For example, these funds could help communities secure or repurpose facilities for overnight shelter or daytime use that allow for physical distancing or isolation, along with associated supports and services; create or expand community hygiene facilities; provide emergency food access or emergency mental health services.
Eligible communities will be contacted by FCM, on behalf of CMAF, regarding their allocations and funding details.