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Ontario Investing in Housing for People with Developmental Disabilities

Province Funding Six Housing Projects

As part of Ontario's three-year, $810 million investment to support the transformation and modernization of developmental services, Ontario is investing more than $2 million over two years in six creative community-based housing initiatives  for adults with developmental disabilities. 

This year six additional projects have now been selected from Ontario's Developmental Services Housing Task Force's second call for proposals. This will expand the range of creative, inclusive and cost effective initiatives for adults with developmental disabilities and will build on the 12 projects that were funded through the first call for proposals.

Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, was at York Support Services Network today to highlight its project entitled Why Wait - York Region Lifetime Independent Facilitation.  This project will support eight individuals in four unique housing models.
The selected projects are designed to:

  • Foster innovative housing solutions through creative partnerships in the developmental services sector, including 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
  • Strengthen the community's ability to enhance the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Promote individualized approaches through inclusive, community-based supports.

Lessons learned from the projects will be used to develop residential options that could be replicated in communities across the province, to help more people in the long term.

Supporting people with developmental disabilities is part of Ontario's goal of full inclusion for every person across the province.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario provides residential supports to more than 18,000 adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Ontario has approved $3.47 million over two years for 12 projects from the Housing Task Force’s first proposal call in 2015, all of which are currently underway.
  • This is part of the government’s three year $810 million investment in community and developmental services.

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“We know there is no one-size-fits-all housing solution for adults with developmental disabilities. It’s about exploring creative partnerships to design innovative housing solutions that can meet the unique needs of a wide range of individuals. The projects selected by the Housing Task Force give us the opportunity to learn how new partnerships can help us work together to support greater inclusion of people with developmental disabilities.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

Minister of Community and Social Services

“Finding innovative housing solutions is critical to addressing the needs of Ontario adults with developmental disabilities and their families. The government’s funding commitment to the Housing Task Force’s efforts from this second round will generate new partnerships between individuals, families, communities and agencies. This will in turn help us to develop a broader set of residential options that can help more people in the long term.”

Ron Pruessen

Chair of the Developmental Services Housing Task Force

“Our government is proud to support housing projects for people with developmental disabilities. It is great to see collaboration between local organizations to develop projects which will support people with developmental disabilities to live with greater independence and to increase community inclusion.”

Chris Ballard

MPP Newmarket-Aurora and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services/Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy

“We are looking forward to working with our partners at York Region Lifetime Independent Facilitation and Montage Support Services on this innovative project. We all hope to find housing solutions that lead to more independence and a better place to live for adults with developmental disabilities. We are grateful to the Developmental Services Housing Task Force and the Ministry of Community and Social Services for giving the green light to this demonstration project.”

Marie Lauzier

Executive Director, York Support Services Network

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