Ontario is supporting the City of Greater Sudbury in developing community-based solutions to help people facing homelessness.
Through the Local Poverty Reduction Fund, Ontario is investing up to $71,700 over one year in the City of Greater Sudbury's Out of the Cold emergency shelter program, which provides barrier-free services for the chronically homeless.
With this funding, the City will introduce two client navigators to the Out of the Cold program, to assist people to move from the street into a home. The client navigators provide a range of services, such as filling prescriptions, getting referrals and connecting people to service agencies.
“We know how serious the issue of homelessness is in our city. It’s important that we provide funding to help local officials assess the situation and come up with a diverse plan to take more people out of the cold,” said Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury in a news release.
Evidence gathered from this project and others will be used to support poverty reduction programs across the province that have been proven to work and that can expand over time.
Fighting poverty is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan.
“With this funding, the City of Greater Sudbury will be able to evaluate its unique emergency shelter program and help us learn more about what approaches are making a difference for homeless people in communities across Ontario,” said Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy.