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Homeless Funding

Ontario Partnering with Waterloo Region to End Homelessness

Province Helping Families Stay in their Homes

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

Waterloo Region is receiving enhanced funding over the next two years through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative: $9,767,399 in 2017/18 and $10,225,029 in 2018/19.

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.

Preventing homelessness is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

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