Additional Provincial Funding to Protect Vulnerable People During COVID-19

Published on December 14, 2020

LINDSAY — As the public health situation continues to evolve, the Ontario government
is building on the previous two phases of the Social Services Relief Fund with an
additional $120 million to improve the delivery of critical services, renovate and
purchase shelter facilities, and provide longer-term housing solutions.

This investment is part of our government’s $510 million commitment to help protect the
health and safety of vulnerable people across the province.

“Our government is actively working to keep vulnerable community members safe and
respond to the changing needs presented by COVID-19,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for
Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock “This additional funding will help address the
increased demand for shelter services and build longer-term solutions for housing.”

The City of Kawartha Lakes will receive an additional $349,500 contributing to a total of
$3,962,949 in Social Services Relief Funding. The municipality will be using the new
funds towards the expansion of A Place Called Home in Lindsay. The renovation
includes building a new 19 bed shelter along with 5 new affordable housing units, one 4-
bedroom house and four 1-bedroom apartments.

“We thank the province for continuing to make these important investments in our
community, says Hope Lee, Manager, Human Services (Housing). Assisting A Place
Called Home to rebuild the shelter is a priority focus of the municipal recovery strategy.
The Social Services Relief Funding will make this rebuild possible ensuring that those
experiencing homelessness in our community have a safe place to find shelter.”

“Our government continues to respond to the pandemic with significant investments for
our municipal and Indigenous partners,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs
and Housing. “As the public health situation continues to evolve, we are providing more
support, so our partners are in a better position to protect those who need it most.”

QUICK FACTS

  • In March, Kawartha Lakes received over $1.8 million for Phase 1 of the Social
    Services Relief Fund which was allocated to support emergency housing,
    homelessness prevention and food security programs in Kawartha Lakes and
    Haliburton County
  • In October, Kawartha Lakes received more than $1.7 million as part of Phase 2
    of the Social Services Relief Fund to help improve shelters and create
    opportunities for longer-term housing through the renovation and expansion of A
    Place Called Home in Lindsay