Ontario Protects Homeless Shelters Against COVID-19

Published on March 10, 2021

Additional funding helps keep vulnerable people safe in Mississauga and Peel Region

 

                                                                                               March 10, 2021

[Mississauga] —The Ontario government is providing $10,703,506.00 to help the Region of Peel respond to an increase in COVID-19 cases in some emergency shelters and help keep vulnerable people safe. The new funding will protect homeless shelter staff and residents, and help prevent more people from becoming homeless.

“We are advocating for Mississauga and Peel everyday” said Sheref Sabawy, MPP for Mississauga – Erin Mills. “Today’s announcement clearly prioritizes the Region of Peel. we are doing everything we can to help municipalities and regions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable communities and assist them the challenges they are facing.”

Today’s announcement is part of the province’s additional $255 million investment through the Social Services Relief Fund. Ontario Takes Further Action to Protect Homeless Shelters during COVID-19 | Ontario Newsroom

“Our government continues to invest in our service providers to support our community’s most vulnerable throughout the pandemic and beyond” said Nina Tangri, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville. “This additional funding of nearly $11 million brings Peel’s total Social Services Relief Funding to over $32 million.”

Municipal service managers and Indigenous program partners can use the funding to acquire motel and hotel spaces to support physical distancing of shelter residents, hire more shelter staff, purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies, and add to rent and utility banks to prevent more people from becoming homeless.

"This brand-new funding exceeding $10 million to the Region of Peel is a welcome addition to further help vulnerable and housing-insecure persons in our community", said Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga – Centre. "The COVID-19 pandemic has come to disproportionately affect persons who rely on social services to keep them safe and secure. This funding, totalling over $32 million to date in Peel, will ensure our social services remain safe, strong, and reliable for the persons who need them the most."

"Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Province has protected our most vulnerable, with a total of over $32 million provided to the Region of Peel through Ontario's Social Services Relief Fund," said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. "Still, we know that our local partners continue to face extraordinary challenges, particularly with the new variants of concern. The additional $11 million in new provincial funding announced today will help to ensure that the Region can continue to protect our most vulnerable, including those experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness."

"I am very pleased that our government has announced this additional funding so that we can protect vulnerable people right here in Peel region," said Amarjot Sandhu, MPP for Brampton West. "This critical investment will help protect homeless shelter staff and residents from COVID-19, as well as keep more people off the street."

“Our government understands COVID-19 has had adverse impact on our most vulnerable, said MPP Deepak Anand. This investment of $10.7M to Peel Region will ensure our incredible service providers can continue to create safe spaces and essential resources for those experiencing homelessness both during the pandemic and in the long run”

“Our government is once again taking immediate action to save lives by responding to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in some emergency shelters across the province,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This investment will ensure our municipal service managers can keep vulnerable people and shelter workers safe by providing them with the financial ability to take any means necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 in shelter spaces.”

Under the Social Services Relief Fund, Ontario has provided $765 million to help service managers and Indigenous program partners support shelters, create longer-term housing solutions and help vulnerable Ontarians affected by COVID-19, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario launched the Social Services Relief Fund in March 2020 to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people during COVID-19.
  • As part of its Community Housing Renewal Strategy and response to COVID-19, Ontario is investing approximately $1.75 billion in 2020-2021 to help sustain, repair and grow community housing and help end homelessness. This includes the Social Services Relief Fund.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Contact:

 

Office of Sheref Sabawy, MPP

Mississauga – Erin Mills

(905) 820-8851