$2.3 Million to Support Our Most Vulnerable, Invest in Affordable Housing

Published on August 13, 2021

Peterborough — The Ontario government is providing $2,300,3000 to help the City of Peterborough deliver critical services, create longer-term housing solutions and keep vulnerable people safe.

“The third investment in Peterborough as part of our Social Services Relief Funding continues to build on our efforts to support our vulnerable neighbours and build affordable housing across our community,” MPP Dave Smith said. “As of today, we have invested $5,326,143 in critical supports to keep our most vulnerable safe from COVID-19 and address the long-standing housing challenges we face,” MPP Smith added.

Today’s announcement is part of the province’s additional $307 million investment to help municipalities and Indigenous community partners respond to COVID-19. This investment builds upon the $765 million dollars of Social Services Relief Funding (SSRF) announced in 2020- 2021, for a total support to communities of over $1 billion.

“Municipalities have been on the frontlines of Ontario’s pandemic response and vaccine rollout, while continuing to protect our most vulnerable populations, including homeless populations,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our government is committed to ensuring municipalities have the resources they need to keep their communities safe, and today’s funding will help our local partners deliver critical services, support vulnerable people, and unlock affordable housing in their communities.”

Municipalities and Indigenous community partners can use the funding to protect homeless shelter staff and residents, add to rent banks, build affordable housing, and support plans to prepare for potential future outbreaks and/or emergencies.