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Ontario Partnering with Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board to End Homelessness

More Housing, Support Services for Those in Need

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October 10th, 2017

 

 

Ontario is partnering with the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) to provide more supportive housing and other services for those in need, to reduce poverty and end chronic homelessness. 

 

Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, and Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay Superior North announced today that the province is investing in local, innovative approaches to get people experiencing chronic homelessness into housing and provide them with the support to stay there. The TBDSSAB is receiving $5.28 million over three years.

 

The partnership between the province and the TBDSSAB 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. The funding will result in housing 80 individuals by March 2019 and maintaining successful housing for 40 existing tenants at risk of homelessness, thus eliminating the use of overflow capacity in the two emergency shelters in the City of Thunder Bay.

 

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.

 

QUOTES

 

“I am proud of our Government’s efforts to end chronic homelessness. The funding announced today will support our most vulnerable and at risk citizens, by not only providing them with housing but also timely supports required to help them to stay in their homes. I commend the Thunder Bay DSSAB and their partners St. Joseph’s Care Group and Dilico for the innovative partnership they have developed.”

— Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

 

“This investment in the Home for Good initiative will bring our government one step closer to our goal to end chronic homelessness by 2025. This will help provide housing stability to those in need through supportive housing services.”

— Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

 

“Through the HFG funding, TBDSSAB is excited to work with its community partners to identify individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, determine their individual needs for housing and supports, and attentively address the unique needs of this population.”

— William (Bill) Bradica, CAO, The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board

 

“TBDSSAB has past success in linking individuals with supports and providing stable and sustainable housing. This HFG funding will help us build on this by providing housing to 80 individuals by March 2019 and maintaining successful housing for 40 existing tenants at risk of homelessness in the District of Thunder Bay.”

Bob Katajamaki, Board Chair, The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board

 

QUICK FACTS

  • 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: youth, Indigenous people, the chronically homeless, and those transitioning from provincial institutions, such as jails and hospitals.
  • 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.

 

LEARN MORE

 

A Place to Call Home: Report of the Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness

Ontario’s Supportive Housing Policy Framework

Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

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