Chatham-Kent (Municipality of)

Site: Chatham - 435 Grand Ave W

Service: Health and Family Services - Employment and Social Services

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Record #: CHK0283 Last Modified: 04 Sep 2014 Last Full Update: 21 Jan 2014
Contact Information
Office Phone519-351-8573
Toll Free Phone1-800-382-4940
After Hours Phone1-866-400-3744 (For social housing tenant emergencies only)
Fax519-351-5090
E-MailCKontworks@chatham-kent.ca
Websitewww.chatham-kent.ca
Primary ContactMary Lou Martin, Program Supervisor; Phone: 519-351-8573 ext 2200
Agency Information
Parent Agency NameChatham-Kent (Municipality of)
Service Level(10) Local Government
Primary ExecutiveValerie Colasanti, Director; Phone: 519-351-8573 ext 2160
FundingRegional / Municipal ; Provincial ; Federal ; Municipal
Description and Service Details
Description(Ontario Works) Employment and Social Services provides temporary income and employment supports to those in financial need. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for families and individuals, to provide opportunities for learning, growth and promote self-sufficiency.  
 
(Ontario Works) Employment and Social Services also offers programs to assist businesses, the local economy, community agencies and non-profit groups. These programs include:  
 
- Community Placement - volunteers are placed with non-profit organizations to gain valuable work skills to assist them in re-entering the work force 
- Employment Placement - provides financial assistance to employers to provide on the job and formal training for Ontario Works recipients.  
 
For a complete listing of all the employment supports available through Ontario Works, please refer to the web site. 
 
 
 
* The Rent Bank / Energy Bank 
 
The Rent Bank is intended to provide funding to individuals or families to avoid immediate eviction. The Municipality has received funds from the Provincial Government’s Homelessness Initiative Fund and the Rent Bank fund to administer to local residents. Funding to eligible recipients may be in the form of an interest free loan or grant. 
 
Eligibility criteria include:  
• Must be a resident of Chatham-Kent  
• Applicants are not in geared to income housing  
• Applicants must demonstrate that the affordability issue is temporary and that their accommodation costs are otherwise sustainable  
• The Homelessness Prevention Caseworker will complete an income/assets application to determine eligibility  
• Assistance may be provided for up to two months of rental arrears based on the Average Market Rent for this region  
 
 
The Energy Bank is intended to provide one time funding to individuals or families to avoid utility disconnections and/or to maintain utilities. The Municipality has received funds from the Provincial Government’s Homelessness Initiative Fund and the Emergency Energy Fund to administer to local residents. Funding to eligible recipients may be in the form of an interest free loan or grant. 
 
Eligibility criteria include:  
• Must be a resident of Chatham-Kent  
• Applicants are not already in receipt of social assistance or geared to income housing  
• Applicants must demonstrate that the affordability issue is temporary and that their accommodation costs are otherwise sustainable  
• The Homelessness Prevention Caseworker will complete an income/assets application to determine eligibility  
• Assistance can be provided for up to two months arrears 
• Assistance is intended to be a one time provision 
 
Additional rules may apply. 
For further information contact:  
Homelessness Prevention Caseworker  
Ontario Works; Chatham-Kent Centre for Community Services 
519-351-8573 Or by email: CKontworks@chatham-kent.ca  
 
HoursMon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
DatesYear round
Areas ServedChatham-Kent
EligibilityAges: 65 year(s) and under 
 
Determined by Provincial regulations
ApplicationYou may apply by phone at 519-351-8573 option #5.  
Or you may apply online by going to: http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/apply_online.aspx 
 
Once an Intake has been completed, a needs assessment and appointment will be required.
LanguagesEnglish ; French
FeesNone
Site Information
Located In CommunityChatham
Address & Map
435 Grand Ave W
Chatham, ON N7M 5L8
 
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IntersectionGrand Ave and Keil Dr
Mailing AddressPO Box 1230 
435 Grand Ave W 
Chatham, ON N7M 5L8
AccessibilityFully Accessible ; Designated Parking; Ramp; Automatic Door; Useable Washroom; Accessible Elevator; Braille Keypad
Other Details
Print MaterialPamphlets available; yearly newsletter distributed free of charge to general public