Province investing over $3 million to support vulnerable populations at risk or experiencing homelessness
WINDSOR — The Ontario government is investing over $3 million to help build 11 new permanent affordable housing units for people experiencing chronic homelessness in the City of Windsor.
Located at 7365 Wyandotte Street East in Windsor, the acquisition and renovations of a residential building will create 11 permanent affordable housing units. The project relies on rent revenues being enough to cover operating costs as an affordable housing development. This project will create longer-term housing solutions for the community and is in alignment with the Home Together: Windsor Essex Housing and Homelessness Master Plan approved by Windsor City Council.
“Premier Ford and our government are focused on solving the housing crisis. That’s why our Social Services Relief Fund is providing immediate housing and homelessness relief in communities across Ontario,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Supporting innovative solutions like these new supportive housing units in Windsor is critical as we work to keep our most vulnerable safe and housed, both during the pandemic and into the future.”
The Ontario government is also investing an additional $25 million annually in our new Homelessness Prevention Program. This new program will simplify and streamline operations so municipal service managers can spend less time on paperwork and more time working with their clients to help find housing and other supports and help those at-risk of homelessness stay in their homes. The additional funding brings Ontario’s total yearly investment in the program to almost $464 million.
As highlighted in Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, today’s announcement is part of the province’s Social Services Relief Fund, which has provided over $1.2 billion of support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, to help municipalities and Indigenous program partners create longer-term housing solutions and help vulnerable Ontarians, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
- In Budget 2021, Ontario released $175 million for mental health and addictions services and supports, building on prior year investments of $176 million announced in October 2020, and $174 million in Budget 2019.
“Increasing our affordable housing in Riverside, near groceries, services and parks, will help to keep our families together. I thank Minister Clark and Premier Ford for investing where it matters – working to give Windsor—Tecumseh residents a place to call home.”
– Andrew Dowie
MPP for Windsor—Tecumseh
“Ontarians need a place to call home. The Ford government is helping vulnerable people find a home that’s right for them.”
– Anthony Leardi
MPP for Essex
“In order to solve the significant housing crisis all communities are facing, we need to build more affordable and supportive housing, quickly. Through the creation of these new permanent units, we can continue to shorten our waitlist and provide those at risk or experiencing homelessness, with a safe and affordable place to call home. Today’s announcement is another example of how the Ontario Government is delivering for the Windsor community, working with us to bring meaningful improvements to support vulnerable populations in our community now and into the future.”
– Mayor Drew Dilkens
City of Windsor
July 26, 2022
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
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