FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2021
BAY OF QUINTE – The Ontario government is providing an additional $2,046,419 through the Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF) to service providers covering Hastings and Prince Edward counties to help keep vulnerable people safe from spread of COVID-19 within emergency shelters.
Hastings County will receive $1,153,397, bringing its total SSRF support since the beginning of the pandemic to $3,459,950. Lennox and Addington County, which also provides services to Prince Edward County, will receive $893,022 to support projects in both counties. Through the pandemic, it has received $2,678,879 through the SSRF.
“It is important that we equip our shelter providers and others delivering community supports to keep everyone safe – vulnerable people and those on the front lines assisting them,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte and Ontario’s Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “Our municipal partners know their communities well and do a great job allocating money where it most effectively meets local needs.”
The new funding comes in response to an increase of COVID-19 cases within some emergency shelters in Ontario and it is intended to protect staff and residents, while also preventing more people from becoming homeless. Municipal service managers and Indigenous program partners can use the funding to acquire motel and hotel spaces to promote physical distancing, hire additional shelter staff, purchase personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, and add to rent and utility banks.
“Our government is once again taking immediate action to save lives by responding to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in some emergency shelters across the province,” said Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This investment will ensure our municipal service managers can keep vulnerable people and shelter workers safe by providing them with the financial ability to take any means necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 in shelter spaces.”
Under the SSRF, Ontario has provided $765 million to help service managers and Indigenous program partners support shelters, create longer-term housing solutions, and help vulnerable Ontarians affected by COVID-19, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
- Ontario launched the Social Services Relief Fund in March 2020 to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people during COVID-19.
- As part of the Community Housing Renewal Strategy and in response to COVID-19, Ontario is investing approximately $1.75 billion in 2020-2021 to help sustain, repair and grow community housing and help end homelessness. This includes the Social Services Relief Fund.
- Learn more about the Ontario Together initiative and how individuals and organizations can help fight COVID-19 by visiting covid-19.ontario.ca/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus/
- Visit Ontario’s website, www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.