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Ontario Partnering with City of Ottawa to End Homelessness

More Housing, Support Services for Those in Need

Ontario is partnering with City of Ottawa to provide more supportive housing and other services for those in need, to reduce poverty and end chronic homelessness.

Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean, today announced 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. Ottawa is receiving a dedicated investment of over $30 million over three years under the Home for Good program.

The partnership between the province and Ottawa 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 investment is expected to assist 441 households in Ottawa.

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

“The Province and City of Ottawa are working in partnership under the Home for Good Program to find stable housing for youth, indigenous people and chronically homeless people, towards ensuring that everyone in Ontario has a safe and affordable place to call home.”

— Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean on behalf of the Ottawa Caucus

“Our goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2025 is ambitious, and we’ll only reach it by making smart investments in what works and leveraging lessons learned into meaningful action across the province. By supporting the innovative work of Ontario’s municipalities we will end chronic homelessness, substantially reduce poverty, and deliver a brighter future for every person who calls our province home.”

— Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy

“I am thankful for the Province’s ongoing support and commitment towards our goal of ending chronic homelessness and providing safe and affordable housing for all. Through the Home for Good funding program, the City of Ottawa can continue to expand its Housing First program, enhance its support services and respond to the housing needs of our most vulnerable residents.”

— Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

“TI is an organization that understands the multi-jurisdictional challenge of Housing and homelessness. We are a provincial organization that supports Inuit across Ontario but also deliver a wide array of frontline services including Housing First and supportive housing. We also know that many Inuit are impacted by housing challenges in our home communities and when they arrive in Ontario they bring that experience with them. I appreciate the integrated approach the Province and the Municipality have demonstrated in this process to ensure resources are allocated in the most responsible way to those in need of support.”

— Jason LeBlanc, Executive Director, Tungasuvvingat Inuit

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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