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Ontario Partnering with Halton Region to End Homelessness

Ontario is partnering with Halton Region to end homelessness, by helping families and individuals stay in their homes or get the housing they need. Halton is receiving $5,043,122 in 2017/2018 and $5,800,061 in 2018/2019, in new funding through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative. The province is providing $632 million to municipalities over two years to help families and individuals at risk of homelessness stay in their homes or get the housing they need, through a wider range of services and homelessness prevention programs that meet local needs. These include:

  • Emergency financial assistance to prevent eviction 
  • Long-term and transitional housing 
  • Integrated supportive housing to help people with specific needs access suitable housing. 

Last year, this initiative helped almost 40,000 families and individuals experiencing homelessness obtain housing, and helped over 115,000 families and individuals at-risk of homelessness remain in their homes. Preventing homelessness is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement. 

QUOTES 

“The importance of stable housing cannot be understated. When we put an end to chronic homelessness we all thrive. The Government of Ontario’s Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative is an innovative program that helps meet the needs of communities. Halton Region is a terrific partner on this program, with a strong strategy that complements our goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2025."

—Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville 

“This is an important announcement for Halton residents who need help to keep their homes or find a new one. It is about ensuring families and individuals have access to safe, affordable housing. Our government is committed to ending homelessness here in Halton and across Ontario. Programs like The Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative are a key part of achieving that goal.”

—Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP for Halton 

“Our government is committed to ending homelessness in Ontario. This funding increase will give Halton Region greater flexibility to design programs that further address growing local priorities, meet the needs of homeless or at risk individuals and families, and decrease the need for people to migrate to Hamilton or Toronto to seek service. We know that when people have a home, they are healthier, able to pursue employment, and equipped to participate in and contribute to their communities. I’m pleased with the steps we’re taking to fight homelessness and know the support we’re providing to the Halton Region is one of the most important investments we can make. ”

—Eleanor McMahon, MPP Burlington 

“Halton Region is committed to ensuring access to safe, affordable, accessible housing, and by the end of this year, we will have created 1,323 new government assisted housing units in Halton since 2008. Without funding support from our government partners, we could not achieve our housing targets. I want to thank the Ontario Government for providing enhancements to the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative which boosts our efforts to provide important housing support and opportunities to Halton residents. Housing is a joint responsibility that must be delivered with a long-term commitment from all levels of government.” 

—Gary Carr, Chair of Halton Region

 

QUICK FACTS 

  • The Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) builds on Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy and is transforming the housing system by helping those experiencing homelessness obtain housing, and those at-risk of homelessness stay in their homes. 
  • Every $15 million invested in CHPI is estimated to support about 2,600 individuals and families experiencing homelessness to obtain housing, or allow 14,200 households remain stably housed. 
  • Since 2003, Ontario has committed more than $4 billion to affordable housing. This includes the recent federal-provincial partnership to extend the Investment in Affordable Housing program. 
  • Ontario is supporting the creation of more than 20,000 affordable rental housing units, making more than 275,000 repairs and improvements to social and affordable housing units, and providing rental and down payment assistance to over 90,000 families and individuals. 

 

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