New funding to help families at risk of homelessness

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$14 million announced as part of new initiative

Ontario is partnering with municipalities across the province to end homelessness, by helping families and individuals stay in their homes or get the housing they need.

Chris Ballard, Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, made the announcement on Tuesday in Barrie, where he was joined by local MPP Ann Hoggarth. Simcoe County is receiving more than $14 million in new funding through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative.

Ballard said: “The Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative supports our government’s bold goal of ending homelessness in Ontario by 2025. The program has helped thousands of at-risk families and individuals retain and find secure housing, allowing them to build healthy, stable lives. By giving communities the flexibility to address local priorities, they can better meet the needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Working together, Ontario will continue to be a place where the work of building stronger communities starts at home.”

Ann Hoggarth, Member of Provincial Parliament for Barrie, said: “I am thrilled that Simcoe County is receiving this $14.5 million to help support individuals and families experiencing, or at risk of homelessness. It is crucial that our community continue to develop these services as we keep pace with our rapid growth. I am proud that our government continues to make investments like these toward the bold goal of ending chronic homelessness and poverty.”

The province is providing $632 million to municipalities over two years to help families and individuals at risk of homelessness stay in their homes or get the housing they need, through a wider range of services and homelessness prevention programs that meet local needs. These include:

  • Emergency financial assistance to prevent eviction
  • Long-term and transitional housing
  • Integrated supportive housing to help people with specific needs access suitable housing.

Last year, this initiative helped almost 40,000 families and individuals experiencing homelessness obtain housing, and helped over 115,000 families and individuals at-risk of homelessness remain in their homes.

  • The Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) builds on Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy and is transforming the housing system by helping those experiencing homelessness obtain housing, and those at-risk of homelessness stay in their homes.
  • Every $15 million invested in CHPI is estimated to support about 2,600 individuals and families experiencing homelessness to obtain housing, or allow 14,200 households remain stably housed.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has committed more than $4 billion to affordable housing. This includes the recent federal-provincial partnership to extend the Investment in Affordable Housing program.
  • Ontario is supporting the creation of more than 20,000 affordable rental housing units, making more than 275,000 repairs and improvements to social and affordable housing units, and providing rental and down payment assistance to over 90,000 families and individuals. – CINEWS
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