Toronto to receive $223 million over two years for homelessness prevention – InsideToronto/Scarborough Mirror

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The City of Toronto is receiving $223 million over two years from the province to help curb homelessness, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced Monday, March 30.

The funding comes as part of Ontario’s $587-million funding strategy to help end homelessness across the province.

The Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative will partner with municipalities to prevent and address homelessness.

“We’re building on the success of the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative, which has helped thousands of families and individuals dealing with homelessness gain and retain secure accommodation,” said Ted McMeekin, minister of municipal affairs and housing, in a news release. “This initiative gives communities the flexibility to address local priorities and better meet the needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”

This funding will enable communities to offer a wider range of services to meet their local needs, including:

• Setting up emergency shelters for people in crisis

• Offering homelessness prevention programs like providing emergency financial assistance to prevent eviction

• Providing a mix of long-term and transitional housing

• Other support services like street outreach, food banks and transportation

As of March 31, 2014, the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative has helped more than 33,000 families and individuals experiencing homelessness obtain housing, and has helped approximately 84,000 families and individuals at risk of homelessness remain in their homes.

The province said it has committed more than $4 billion to affordable housing programs since 2003

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