Ontario Invests in Supportive Housing in Norfolk County

September 8, 2020

Municipal Affairs and Housing

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SIMCOE ― The Ontario government is investing over $3.1 million in supportive housing to give people at risk of homelessness in Norfolk County a place to live, along with access to a wide range of services. Funding for the project will be delivered through the Home for Good program.

“As we gradually and safely reopen the province, we need a strong community housing system that supports our most vulnerable and meets local needs,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Projects like the renovated Norfolk Inn build on our government’s work to ensure that everyone can find safe and affordable housing across Ontario.”

The old Norfolk Inn, located at 41 Norfolk Street South in Simcoe, will be renovated into a two-storey, 32-unit supportive housing development. The new affordable housing complex will include seven accessible units, a community space and commercial units on the ground floor. This project will also help people access a variety of support programs such as counselling and life-skills training.

“This is a critical project as it will provide some of the most vulnerable members of our community a roof over their head and access to programs they need to improve their quality of life,” said Toby Barrett, MPP, Haldimand—Norfolk. “By providing affordable housing our government is helping more people stabilize their lives, find employment, and become contributing members of their communities.”

Quick Facts

  • Ontario has more than 30 supportive housing projects under the Home for Good program, providing affordable housing and a wide range of supports for Indigenous people, those with mental health issues, people with physical and/or developmental disabilities, seniors, youth, and people who have experienced homelessness.
  • As part of the Community Housing Renewal Strategy, the Ontario government is investing nearly $1 billion in 2020-21, which will help sustain, repair and grow community housing and help end homelessness in Ontario.
  • Ontario is providing $510 million in funding to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep vulnerable people safe. This includes funding to local service managers and Indigenous program administrators who were given the flexibility to expand the key services they already offer to meet their local needs, including supporting people who are having difficulty paying rent. 
  • On August 12, 2020, the province announced $1.6 billion as part of the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement. This includes $695 million to help municipalities address general operating pressures related to COVID-19 and over $660 million to support transit systems.

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