Substantial funding hike to help Bruce and Grey address homelessness

Bruce and Gray counties will significantly increase funding to address homelessness.

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Rick Byers said Gray County will receive an additional $1,237,200, for a total of $3,282,800, while Bruce County will receive $1,536,900, an increase of $599,400.

Byers believes the investment will have a real impact, as supporting hose suppliers can help the homeless and vulnerable.

Ontario’s 2023 budget increases funding for supportive housing and homelessness prevention by $200 million a year, a 40 per cent increase. Ontario’s total annual investment in these projects is close to $700 million.

“We know Ontario’s housing supply crisis affects all Ontarians, no matter their background or budget,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark. “That’s why we’ve increased funding for our homelessness prevention program by more than 40 per cent. These measures complement the bold and transformational changes we’re making to address the housing supply crisis and build more homes, faster, in Ontario. “

Most of the funding will go towards homelessness prevention programs, allowing Ontario’s 47 service managers to more efficiently use existing resources to support vulnerable populations and provide flexibility in allocating funds. The remaining $11.5 million per year will be invested in Aboriginal supportive housing programs.

“Through strong partnerships and quality investments, Bruce County is able to build a robust housing response system for vulnerable residents,” said Bruce County Warden Chris Peabody. “Anyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness is encouraged to contact local 211 services to secure a safe place to stay overnight and to learn about other services that may support residents in maintaining their current housing in Bruce County.”

“Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Gray County Jail Superintendent Brian Milne. “Housing and homelessness prevention are Gray County priorities, and this additional support for municipalities will help us work together to increase housing supply and address Ontario’s homelessness crisis.”

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