The Ontario government has announced that York Region will receive an additional $8,134,700 in social services relief funding.
The discretionary funding can be used to improve the delivery of critical services, protect homeless shelter staff and residents, renovate and purchase shelter facilities, add to rent banks, create longer-term housing solutions and support plans to prepare for potential future outbreaks and/or emergencies.
“Our government is investing in critical projects like social services relief funding to help protect our most vulnerable people during these difficult times,” MPP Caroline Mulroney said. “This investment builds upon prior relief funding offered in the fall and will help our local communities create long-term housing solutions, improve delivery of critical services and plan for future emergencies.”
The Ontario government is allocating an additional $120 million across the province to help municipalities and Indigenous community partners protect vulnerable people during COVID-19.
“Our government continues to respond to the pandemic with significant investments for our municipal and Indigenous partners,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “As the public health situation continues to evolve, we are providing more support, so our partners are in a better position to protect those who need it most.”
“This announcement of more than $8M in new funding for York Region brings the total funding to over $21M, and will be used to keep vulnerable communities safe as we fight COVID-19,” MPP Paul Calandra said. “This additional funding will help us ensure that more people have a safe, secure roof over their head.”
“2020 has been a difficult and stressful year for so many people across our province,” said Michal Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “We know the winter months only add to the stress that many people and families are already experiencing. That’s why our government is taking real and meaningful action to ensure that those Ontarians that need the extra help have access to the most appropriate services that meet their unique needs, when and where they need them.”
This announcement is part of the government’s $510 million investment through the Social Services Relief Fund to help protect the health and safety of vulnerable people across the province.