Ontario Partnering with Towns and Cities to End Homelessness
More Housing, Support Services for Municipalities Across the Province
Ontario is partnering with municipalities across the province to provide more supportive housing and other services for those in need, to reduce poverty and end chronic homelessness.
Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, was in Toronto today to announce that the province is investing in local, innovative approaches to get people experiencing chronic homelessness into housing and provide them with the support they need to stay there. The City of Toronto is receiving $90 million over three years.
The partnership between the province and municipalities will help those most in need find stable housing and gain access to crucial support services, such as counselling, addictions services and life skills training, while furthering Ontario's goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2025. In Toronto, the investment is expected to assist over 1,880 households.
Ensuring everyone in Ontario has a safe and affordable place to call home is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Chronic homelessness refers to the state of being homeless for six months or more in the past year.
- Home for Good focuses on helping people in four priority areas find stable housing, including youth, Indigenous people, the chronically homeless, and those transitioning from provincial institutions, such as jails and hospitals.
- Ontario will be announcing funding for additional municipalities in fall 2017.
- Ontario is boosting its operating funding for housing assistance and support services up to a total of $100 million annually beginning in 2019-20, bringing the total investment up to $200 million over three years. This will assist up to 6,000 households.
- This announcement expands on the supportive housing program announced in March 2017 and is part of the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy update.
- Ontario’s supportive housing investment includes a program in development to give Indigenous people better access to supportive housing.
“Our goal is to end chronic homelessness by 2025, and we’ll only reach it by making smart investments in what works and leveraging lessons learned into meaningful action across the province. By supporting the innovative work of Ontario’s municipalities we will end chronic homelessness, substantially reduce poverty, and deliver a brighter future for every person who calls our province home.”
“WoodGreen’s supportive housing combines safe, affordable housing with access to a full basket of critical social services, giving people the wrap-around support they require to achieve success. That type of holistic approach is what provides a sustainable path out of poverty.”