Provincial funding will support seniors in Tamworth community

Minister Steve Clark making the funding announcement in Tamworth. Photo via Steve Clark on Twitter.

Four new affordable housing units for seniors will be built in Tamworth thanks to the Social Services Relief Fund, provided by the Ontario government.

Almost $1 million will be invested in the project, which will be located at 11 and 21 Celtic Street and includes two bungalow-style buildings with a total of eight one-bedroom apartments for seniors, four of which will be barrier-free, according to a release from the government dated Friday, May 5, 2023. Four of the eight apartments are being solely funded by Ontario with a $973,395 investment through the Social Services Relief Fund. The remaining units are being funded separately through joint provincial-federal support.

“Stone Mills Township Council were more than pleased to partner with the Province of Ontario, the County of Lennox & Addington and Prince Edward-Lennox & Addington Social Services to create affordable housing in Stone Mills,” stated Reeve John Wise, Stone Mills Township. “This collaboration allowed us to find creative solutions to help meet the housing needs of our residents. These buildings are a welcome addition to the community.”

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 municipal service managers and Indigenous program administrators create longer-term housing solutions and help vulnerable people in Ontario, including those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, according to the release.

“Our government’s policies have delivered historic results in getting more homes built faster to create community and supportive housing and address homelessness over the past three years,” said Minister Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Affordable housing is a critical component of our commitment to build 1.5 million new homes by 2031, which will ensure that all Ontarians, especially our most vulnerable, have a home that meets their needs and budget.”

The Ontario government said it is also investing an additional $202 million each year in homelessness prevention programs – the Homelessness Prevention Program and Indigenous Supportive Housing Program – bringing Ontario’s total yearly investment to close to $700 million. This includes an historic increase of almost $1.4 million over the next three years through the Homelessness Prevention Program to more than double funding in Lennox and Addington, for a total of $2,454,600 annually.

“It’s incredibly important that seniors stay in their communities, attached to their social connections and support services, their families and friends,” said Ric Bresee, MPP for Hastings—Lennox and Addington. “I am absolutely thrilled that this Social Services Relief funding has helped to create these affordable units.”

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