Developmental Services Housing Task Force Seeking New Proposals
Ontario Promoting Innovative Housing Solutions for People with Developmental Disabilities
Ontario's Developmental Services Housing Task Force is launching its second call for proposals for innovative housing solutions for adults with developmental disabilities.
Earlier this year, the province approved 12 creative housing initiatives recommended by the Housing Task Force after its first call for proposals. Now, the Task Force is looking for another round of creative, inclusive and cost-effective housing solutions that can be replicated in communities across the province to support people with developmental disabilities.
The best ideas will be funded as research and demonstration projects through the provincial government's $810 million investment in community and developmental services over three years.
Submissions are due March 15, 2016, and should propose ideas that:
- Develop partnerships among individuals, families, community agencies, multiple levels of government and the private sector.
- Expand the range of housing options available to adults with developmental disabilities and include options that are different than what is currently funded through the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
- Strengthen the community's ability to enhance the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities.
- Demonstrate ways to enhance the existing developmental services system, including ways to provide housing and residential supports in a timely manner.
- Promote individualized approaches through inclusive, community-based supports.
Projects will be selected through a competitive process, which will include recommendations to the ministry based on a review from the Housing Task Force as well as external experts.
Supporting people with developmental disabilities is part of Ontario's goal of full inclusion for all in the province's economy and communities. It is also part of the government's four-part plan to build Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- This second investment is part of the government’s commitment of up to $6 million over the next two years provincewide for demonstration or research projects through the Housing Task Force.
- The Ontario government provides residential supports to more than 18,000 adults with developmental disabilities.
“There is no one-size-fits-all solution to housing. We are looking to communities to tell us what kind of housing solutions they think will best support the adults with developmental disabilities in their neighbourhoods. It isn't just about finding more supports; it's about finding the right kinds of supports for individuals.”
Dr. Helena Jaczek
“Finding innovative housing solutions is critical to addressing the needs of Ontario adults with developmental disabilities and their families. The Housing Task Force is looking forward to receiving some very creative proposals that foster more choice and that can be replicated in other communities across the province.”