Through the Social Services Relief Fund, the Ontario government is contributing nearly one million dollars to the construction of four senior-friendly housing units in the Township of Stone Mills in Tamworth.
The project has two bungalow-style buildings at 11 and 21 Celtic Street. There are eight one-bedroom apartments for seniors, four of which are barrier-free. Through the Social Services Relief Fund, Ontario is providing the sole funding for four apartments. The remaining units are being supported separately by the federal and provincial governments.
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark stated, “Over the past three years, our government’s policies have delivered historic results in getting more homes built faster to create community and supportive housing and address homelessness.” Our commitment to build 1.5 million new homes by 2031, which will ensure that all Ontarians, particularly our most vulnerable, have a home that meets their needs and their budget, includes affordable housing.
This announcement is part of the province’s Social Services Relief Fund, which has helped municipal service managers and Indigenous program administrators create longer-term housing solutions and assist vulnerable people in Ontario, including those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, with over $1.2 billion in support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indigenous Supportive Housing Program and the Homelessness Prevention Program receive an additional $202 million from the Ontario government each year, bringing the province’s annual investment to close to $700 million. This includes a historic increase of almost $1.4 million over the next three years through the Homelessness Prevention Program, which will more than double funding in Lennox and Addington, bringing the annual total to $2,454,600.
“Seniors must remain in their networks, appended to their social associations and backing administrations, their families and companions,” said Ric Bresee, MPP for Hastings — Lennox and Addington. ” I am overjoyed that these affordable units were made possible with assistance from Social Services Relief funding.