The Government of Ontario has invested $40 million in a COVID-19 Residential Relief Fund (CRRF) to support residential services for children and youth, people with developmental disabilities, and emergency shelters for women and families fleeing domestic abuse.
CRRF funding can be used to cover the cost of additional staffing, cleaning, residential respite for caregivers, personal protective equipment and supplies, transportation of clients, and initiatives to support physical distancing.
It can also be applied to lessen the burden of residential costs that emergency shelters for women fleeing domestic violence and survivors of human traffic are currently facing.
“Home isn’t safe for everyone,” said Jill Dunlop, associate minister of Children and Women’s Issues in a press release. “That’s why it's critical during this time that residential organizations for people fleeing violence have the security they need to continue supporting vulnerable women.”