Grant ‘to keep people safe, housed’ during pandemic

York Region has received another $500,000 “to keep people safe and housed” during the pandemic.

“COVID-19 has impacted our community and its most vulnerable people in ways we are only beginning to understand,” says Daniele Zanotti, President and CEO of the United Way Greater Toronto, which will administer the grant. “Local investments in both immediate and long-term solutions will ensure York Region emerges from this pandemic strong and resilient.”

Daniele Zanotti

The grant comes from the federal government’s Reaching Home COVID-19 Emergency Response, which was created to help communities address the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak among people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and to provide additional support to the homeless-serving sector during this period.

The funds will provide additional support through York’s Homelessness Prevention Program, which helps eligible residents maintain their housing situation by helping cover costs such as rent, mortgage and utility payments. “We know keeping people in their homes or helping them find suitable housing options is an important step in building strong, stable communities,” says York Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson.

In a July update to the Social Service Response to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic published, the Region reported receiving $500,000 under the Reaching Home program and identified access to food as a high priority for vulnerable residents. Visit to learn more about York’s Homelessness Prevention Program or call Access York at 1-877-464-9675 Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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