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Ontario Helping Lift People Out of Poverty

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Ontario Helping Lift People Out of Poverty

Province Supporting Innovative Solutions to Housing, Employment, and Skills Development

Poverty Reduction Strategy

Ontario is investing in 30 community projects across the province that are supporting new ways to help people break the cycle of poverty, find good jobs and end homelessness in Ontario.

Chris Ballard, Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, was at WoodGreen Community Services in Toronto today to highlight its First Step to Home program, which is receiving support from the province and helps older homeless men with complex needs find stable and independent housing. The Toronto-based community care unit provides affordable housing, life skills training, and supports for mental health and addictions.

Thirty projects are being funded through Ontario's Local Poverty Reduction Fund. The fund supports innovative, community-led programs that help groups disproportionately affected by poverty get into housing, develop skills and find employment, including women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, newcomers, visible minorities, seniors and Indigenous Peoples.

Fighting poverty is part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow our economy, and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • WoodGreen Community Services is receiving over $400,000 to help evaluate their First Step to Home program. The data collected will contribute to a body of knowledge that will support poverty reduction programs across the province.
  • Ontario is supporting 30 community partner-led projects through the Local Poverty Reduction Fund with an investment of over $16 million. These projects focus on local community partnerships and include a third-party evaluation component.
  • The fund also supports projects led by Indigenous communities and Indigenous-led organizations both on- and off-reserve.

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“Ontario is investing in programs that will measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty. By harnessing the creativity of local partners, identifying innovative community-driven solutions, and building on evidence-based best practices, we can make strong inroads in tackling poverty.”

Chris Ballard

Minister of Housing, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy

“This important funding from The Local Poverty Reduction Fund gives us the opportunity to carefully study and design a framework to measure the quality of our housing and wrap-around supports for seniors who have experienced homelessness and have a wide range of complex needs. By understanding how to effectively evaluate the impact of service delivery for this population, WoodGreen will apply the findings to support better outcomes for our clients and to strengthen evidence-based practice in the community support sector as a whole. As the aging population continues to grow, this project will inform effective service delivery for seniors across Ontario.”

Anne Babcock

President & CEO, WoodGreen Community Services

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