Ontario building 40 new supportive housing units in Mississauga

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Mississauga/CMEDIA: 40 new supportive housing units in Mississauga. are being provided with $270,000 in operational funding by the Ontario government for rent supplements, mental health and addictions support services, a news release has said.

Recently the government has provided $4.5 million in capital funding through the Social Services Relief Fund to help build the 40-unit development.

This additional investment will help connect more people in need of mental health and addictions supports with places to live, get the services they need, closer to home, while reducing the number of visits to emergency rooms and hospitals.

“Having added 500,000 new residents last year alone, our government is taking action to build more homes of all types, including a mix of ownership, rental, non-profit and supportive housing that meet the needs of all Ontarians,” said Premier Doug Ford.

Services to individuals over the age of 18 with histories of mental health, addiction and housing instability would be provided by the Streetsville project, operated by Indwell Community Homes including program management, supervised social work, nursing, addiction support, behavioural support, housing support casework, food security and 24/7 on call support where required.

“The funding announced today builds on our historic levels of investment in supportive housing and homelessness prevention, which recognizes each municipality’s unique needs,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

An additional investment of $202 million each year is also being done by the Ontario government in homelessness prevention programs through the Homelessness Prevention Program and Indigenous Supportive Housing Program, bringing the province’s total annual investment to close to $700 million.

In addition to the province’s Social Services Relief Fund of over $1.2 billion throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, this funding would help municipal service managers and Indigenous program administrators create longer-term housing solutions in helping vulnerable people in Ontario, including those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.