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Ontario invests $40M to support residential services, emergency shelters

COVID-19 Residential Relief Fund launched for the benefit of clients, staff
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YWCA Sudbury operates Genevra House, a shelter for women and their children fleeing domestic violence. Ontario has created a relief fund to help residential services for women and youth in the event social distancing and staying home results in an uptick in domestic violence. (File)

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.”

Find more information on CRRF here.