Ontario is partnering with municipalities across the province to prevent and address homelessness.
Through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative, the province is providing $587 million to municipalities to help families and individuals at risk of homelessness get the housing that best suits their needs. This funding will enable communities to offer a wider range of services to meet their local needs, including:
Setting up emergency shelters for people in crisis.
As of March 31, 2014, the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative has helped over 33,100 families and individuals experiencing homelessness obtain housing, and has helped approximately 83,800 families and individuals at-risk of homelessness remain in their homes.
The City of Ottawa will receive $71,241,400 from CHPI over two years.
Providing support to address homelessness supports the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
“Our government is committed to supporting initiatives and activities that help prevent and reduce homelessness in Ontario. The Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative gives communities the flexibility to address local priorities and better meet the needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”
-Marie-France Lalonde, MPP, Ottawa-Orléans
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