Small Community Homelessness Fund

The Minister Responsible for Homelessness, through the NWTHC, is seeking applications from communities in the NWT outside of Yellowknife that will assist in addressing homelessness in their community.

The goal of the fund is to provide NWT communities (excluding Yellowknife) with funding for projects that address shelter and support needs for homeless individuals. Our government recognizes that the most effective way to address homelessness in communities is to support locally developed initiatives to provide effective solutions to complicated issues.

  • Community organizations can apply for and receive multi-year funding of up to three years with a possibility of renewal at the end of the three year period.
  • Organizations that have been approved for multi-year funding do not need to reapply every year but do need to report the projects outcomes annually.
  • All eligible applications from small communities will be considered through a rolling submission basis by the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC).

Communities can apply funding for projects that address homelessness through:

  1. Community planning to reduce homelessness
  2. Food programs, Community kitchens/ Food banks
  3. Supplies to support individuals - Clothing or furniture banks, Rent banks & vouchers
  4. Accommodation costs and partial operation costs
  5. Projects identified by communities that address their specific needs for adults and/or youth.


Funding from the Small Community Homelessness Fund is available to community organizations such as:

  • Non-government organizations* (NGOs)
  • Community governments
  • Aboriginal Governments

Partnerships of these groups will also be considered

*Non-Government Organizations must be up to date with Corporate Registries.

A copy of the application form can be found here.

The eligibility criteria for the Small Community Homelessness Fund can be found here.

If you have questions about any of this program, please contact the NWTHC at 867-767-9080 Ext. 85463 or by email


All available funding for the Small Community Homelessness Fund has been allocated in the 2014-15 year. Applications and interest were received from every NWT region. The majority of community based Small Community Homelessness Fund projects have identified a need for meal/food bank programs for people who are currently undergoing crises. This funding is often combined with other funding to supplement food costs. 

Community District / Agency Project Description
Beaufort Delta
Fort McPherson Hamlet of Fort McPherson Soup Kitchen / hot meals 
Inuvik Inuvik Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre Soup Kitchen for people at risk of becoming homeless, undergoing emergency or crisis situation
Inuvik Inuvik Homelessness Shelter

Providing shelter, support and meals to homeless populations 

Inuvik Inuvik Youth Centre Drop in centre food and supplies for youth who may be at risk of homelessness
Inuvik Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church Hot lunches, clothing
Paulatuk Hamlet of Paulatuk Kitchen food program works with other programs in the community to deliver healthy eating and cooking skills to people who are homeless and at risk of becoming homeless.
Sachs Harbour Hamlet of Sachs Harbour Food bank for people who are experiencing homelessness
Ulukhaktok Ulukhaktok Community Corporation Food bank for people who are experiencing housing crises or homelessness
Deline Deline First Nation Providing food and transportation to those at risk of homelessness
North Slave
Behchoko Rae-Edzo Friendship Centre Hot meals and snacks, a place to wash and dry cloths and clean up 
South Slave
Fort Smith Salt River First Nation Providing meals and support to homeless individuals residing at shelter
Hay River Hay River Committee for the Persons with Disabilities

Providing meals and clothing to homeless

Fort Simpson Liidli Kue First Nation – Fort Simpson Soup Kitchen
Fort Simpson Dehcho Friendship Centre Food voucher, Christmas hampers providing support to people at risk of becoming homeless 
Wrigley Pehdeh Ki First Nations Hot lunch and breakfast program