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$2.3 Million Investment for People Experiencing Homelessness in Nipissing

March 7, 2022

New Homelessness Prevention Program Helping Break the Cycle of Home Insecurity

NORTH BAY – Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing announced that the Ontario government is investing $2,339,100 into the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board to help more people experiencing or at risk of homelessness find the right housing services and other supports. This funding is an increase of over $223,000 from the 2021-22 year.

“By simplifying the delivery of services and increasing funding, our government is helping our municipal partners spend more time focusing on providing vulnerable people in our community with the supports they need to stay in their homes or find housing,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing.

The 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 close to $464 million – almost half a billion dollars.

The Homelessness Prevention Program launching on April 1, 2022, combines three programs: Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative, Home for Good, and the Strong Communities Rent Supplement Program. It will give service managers more flexibility to target funding where it is needed the most and allow for greater financial accountability by measuring service managers’ progress in reducing and preventing homelessness in their communities.

Access to this funding will be based on having in place a By-Name List that meets the provincial requirements and contains detailed, up-to-date information from individuals experiencing homelessness to help connect them to local supports.

The government is also investing an additional $6.7 million in the Indigenous Supportive Housing Program, bringing the total annual investment to $30 million.

The shortage of housing supply impacts all Ontarians, no matter their background or budget. The province’s ongoing work to increase the supply of market housing complements historic investments to increase the supply of supportive and affordable housing for the most vulnerable. As part of the consultations through the Community Housing Renewal Strategy, the government is working with service managers and housing providers to make community housing more efficient and sustainable – helping to protect essential community housing stock and ensure Ontario’s most vulnerable people remain housed.

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