Ontario Helps Protect Vulnerable People in Elgin-Middlesex-London During COVID-19

Published on December 09, 2020

ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON —Today, Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, announced that the riding will receive additional social services relief funding to benefit residents in all 10 municipalities. The discretionary funding can be used to improve the delivery of critical services, protect homeless shelter staff and residents, renovate and purchase shelter facilities, add to rent banks, create longer-term housing solutions and support plans to prepare for potential future outbreaks and/or emergencies.

 

Local allocations are as follows:

  • City of London (which is also the Service Manager for the County of Middlesex): $1,392,000, bringing total SSRF funding to $11,134,465
  • City of St. Thomas (which is also the Service Manager for the County of Elgin): $335,200, bringing total SSRF funding to $3,391,031

 

“Our government is responding to the ongoing needs of COVID-19 by providing more flexible funding to keep our vulnerable citizens safe,” said MPP Yurek. “We know that COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of having a place to call home, and this additional funding will help ensure everyone can find – and keep – a safe and secure roof over their head.”

 

The Ontario government is allocating an additional $120 million across the province to help municipalities and Indigenous community partners protect vulnerable people during COVID-19. This investment builds upon the second phase of social services relief funding announced this fall.

 

“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.”

 

Today’s announcement is part of the government’s $510 million investment through the Social Services Relief Fund to help protect the health and safety of vulnerable people across the province.  

 

QUICK FACTS

 

  • In March, Ontario launched the Social Services Relief Fund with an initial allocation of $148 million to help protect the health and safety of vulnerable people during COVID-19.
  • In October, over $241 million was allocated to municipalities and Indigenous community partners to help improve shelters and create opportunities for longer-term housing.

 

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