Ontario Partnering with Municipalities to End Homelessness


Ontario is partnering with municipalities across the province to end homelessness, by helping families and individuals stay in their homes or get the housing they need.

Chris Ballard, Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, made the announcement today in Barrie, where he was joined by local MPP Ann Hoggarth. Simcoe County is receiving more than $14 million 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.