NIP was founded in 1969. It is a pioneer in innovative homelessness prevention programs and a strong community partner, well-known for services for low-income households. It is also a leader in low-income financial assistance programs. NIP services approximately 17,000 individuals yearly and provides services in 11 languages. It has a solid track record in providing effective services in local Downtown East Toronto, and citywide for low-income households. Its programs include the Rent Bank Program, Energy Financial Assistance Programs, Trusteeship, General Housing Help, Economic Stability Supports and Community Support Services. We work with a broad range of community partners to deliver services. Our programs are supported by stable funding from different levels of government, corporations and foundations.
NIP's mission is to build local communities and improve the resilience of the people in our communities by:
- Providing services and supports for vulnerable people to move from insufficiency to stability and the capacity to thrive in life;
- Strengthening the capacity of vulnerable people to effectively meet the challenges and obstacles in their lives; and
- Engaging in community partnerships as part of a broader network of services to bolster the foundational sources of human well-being.
Our current services focus on homelessness prevention, housing & financial stabilization, community animation & engagement, and meaningful social connection.