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New Housing Project in Durham, Leeds and Grenville Receives Provincial Funding

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New Housing Project in Durham, Leeds and Grenville Receives Provincial Funding

Ontario Investing in Housing for People with Developmental Disabilities

Ministry of Community and Social Services

Ontario is investing up to $266,387 over the next two years in a unique housing demonstration project for adults with developmental disabilities in Durham, Leeds and Grenville.

The project, led by the Durham Association for Family Respite Services, will help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families navigate community resources such as banks and realtors, as well as help them build networks of support to find and secure housing. Local partners include the Brockville Association for Community Involvement, Community Involvement Legacy Homes and Intentionally Built Community.

This project was selected by the Developmental Services Housing Task Force to help expand the range of housing options and choices for adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario.

The task force's mandate is to encourage creative partnerships and promote individualized, inclusive housing solutions that could be replicated in other areas of the province. Lessons learned will be used to develop a broader set of residential options in the long term.

Helping people with developmental disabilities live as independently as possible is part of Ontario's plan to give everyone a chance to participate in the province's economy and communities. It is also part of the government's four-part plan to invest in people's talents and skills, make the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, create a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and build a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • The funding for this project is part of the government’s three-year, $810-million investment in community and developmental services.
  • There are an estimated 65,000 adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario; approximately 18,000 receive developmental services residential supports.
  • Ontario has committed up to $6 million over the next two years for demonstration or research projects through the Housing Task Force. A total of up to $3.47 million over two years is being provided for the first group of selected projects.
  • The Housing Task Force is planning a second call for proposals later this year for the remainder of the funding.

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Dr. Helena Jaczek

“We know there is no one-size-fits-all housing solution for adults with developmental disabilities. Thanks to the hard work of agencies like the Durham Association for Family Respite Services and its partners, as well as families, community partners and Housing Task Force members, we have an opportunity to expand our knowledge and learn how new partnerships can help us provide housing support options.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

Minister of Community and Social Services

“The proposals testify to a powerful readiness by individuals, families, communities and agencies to think creatively as they search for solutions – with that readiness generating a drive toward the creation of new resources, partnerships and determination. Given this, the government’s funding commitment to the Housing Task Force’s efforts will now yield both immediate and longer-term rewards: new projects will serve people who have been waiting for supports and those projects will, in turn, provide models for future duplication across the province.”

Ron Pruessen

Chair of the Developmental Services Housing Task Force

Granville Anderson

“I am thrilled to see the community come together to develop creative solutions like this one for people with developmental disabilities and their families here in Durham. I look forward to seeing the impact of this project going forward.”

Granville Anderson

MPP, Durham

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