Ontario Investment Brings More Supportive Housing to Kingston
Province helping the city’s most vulnerable with affordable housing and supports
Kingston ― The Ontario government is investing over $2.2 million in Kingston to give people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness the housing and support services they need.
Ontario's investment will go towards new supportive housing units planned for the Kingston Home Base Supportive Housing Project at Princess Street United Church on Albert Street. The existing church will be incorporated into a new fully accessible building that will include transitional housing with supports, a job skills centre, an event and performing arts facility, as well as the One Roof, Kingston Youth Services Hub.
"I want to thank the City of Kingston, Home Base Housing and everyone involved in making this project possible," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and MPP for Leeds - Grenville - Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. "Once complete, it will give local youth a place to call home with the supports they need."
This funding is provided through Ontario's Home for Good program.
"Home Base Housing and its many community partners have a plan to end youth homelessness. Our long-term vision for the redevelopment of 484 Albert Street includes new supportive housing which will be affordable and will incorporate counselling and employment training opportunities for the young people in our community who will live there. The quick response from the Province of Ontario to help make this vision become reality is welcome news. We are ready to move ahead with this exciting project," said Tom Greening, Executive Director of Home Base Housing.
"This investment will go a long way in supporting the city's affordable housing goals," said Mayor Bryan Paterson. "I want to thank Minister Clark and the provincial government for continuing to prioritize affordable housing in our communities; we look forward to working together to ease the housing pressures in Kingston."
- Ontario has more than 20 supportive housing programs helping people with a wide range of support, including Indigenous people, those with mental health issues, people with developmental disabilities, seniors, youth, and people who have experienced homelessness.
- Ontario is also investing$148 million as part of a greater social services relief fund for charitable and non-profit social services organizations such as food banks, homeless shelters, churches and emergency services to improve their ability to respond to COVID-19.
- Ontario has developed a COVID-19 Action Plan for Vulnerable People to better protect vulnerable populations during the outbreak of COVID-19.