The Ontario government is investing over $3 million to help build 11 new permanent affordable housing units for people experiencing chronic homelessness in the City of Windsor.
Located at 7365 Wyandotte Street East in Windsor, the acquisition and renovations of a residential building will create 11 permanent affordable housing units. The project relies on rent revenues being enough to cover operating costs as an affordable housing development. This project will create longer-term housing solutions for the community and is in alignment with the Home Together: Windsor Essex Housing and Homelessness Master Plan approved by Windsor City Council.
“Premier Ford and our government are focused on solving the housing crisis. That’s why our Social Services Relief Fund is providing immediate housing and homelessness relief in communities across Ontario,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in a press release. “Supporting innovative solutions like these new supportive housing units in Windsor is critical as we work to keep our most vulnerable safe and housed, both during the pandemic and into the future.”
The Ontario government is also investing an additional $25 million annually in our new Homelessness Prevention Program. This new program will simplify and streamline operations so municipal service managers can spend less time on paperwork and more time working with their clients to help find housing and other supports and help those at-risk of homelessness stay in their homes. The additional funding brings Ontario’s total yearly investment in the program to almost $464 million.
As highlighted in Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, today’s announcement is part of the province’s Social Services Relief Fund, which has provided over $1.2 billion of support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, to help municipalities and Indigenous program partners create longer-term housing solutions and help vulnerable Ontarians, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.