Ontario Supports More Families Experiencing Homelessness During COVID-19
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The Ontario government is providing almost $7.6 million to help create an emergency shelter and support more families who are homeless in Peel Region.
The funding is being delivered through the Social Services Relief Fund and will be used to convert a former hotel into approximately 120 permanent emergency shelter units, the government said in a news release.
“Our government wants to ensure that vulnerable people in Peel Region get access to safe housing during COVID-19 and beyond,” said Nina Tangri, MPP for Mississauga – Streetsville. “That is why we are helping to provide more permanent emergency shelter space that is close to important services like transit and health care.”
The new Peel Family Shelter, located at 2420 Surveyor Road in Mississauga, will replace the former 60-unit family shelter at 1767 Dundas St. East. The new units will be equipped with private washrooms – a best practice recommended by public health experts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – and will be close to transit, dental, medical, and pharmacy services, as well as parks and the Meadowvale library.
“Our government’s $765 million investment through the Social Services Relief Fund is helping vulnerable people across Ontario,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We are committed to working with our partners to create housing that helps support people who are at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.”
The shelter opened in January 2021, with renovations expected to be completed by the end of the year.