FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 18, 2019
QUEEN’S PARK – The Ontario government is putting people first by providing more than $1 billion dollars in 2019-20 to help sustain, repair and grow community housing and help end homelessness. The government also revealed the province’s new Community Housing Renewal Strategy, outlining a plan to transform a fragmented and inefficient system into one that is more streamlined, sustainable and ready to help people who need it most.
Locally, $2.7 million has been allocated for the strategy implementation in Haldimand-Norfolk. This includes $1.489 million for the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative, $732,000 for the Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative, $463,700 for the Investment in Affordable Housing in Ontario and $17,284 for the Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative.
“Our government believes families shouldn’t have to live in buildings with crumbling walls, leaking roofs and broken elevators,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP. “We will work with municipalities and non-profits to address issues like safety, overcrowding and long wait lists.”
Ontario’s new Community Housing Renewal Strategy includes early steps to improve community housing across the province:
- In 2014-18, Ontario contributed 57 per cent of housing and homelessness spending, compared with just 17 per cent from the federal government.
- Community housing is provided by non-profit, co-operative and municipal housing agencies. It includes a range of programs from subsidized social and affordable housing, including housing for Indigenous people, to rent supplements and portable housing benefits that help people find housing in the private market.
For more information, contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446 or [email protected]