Province Supporting Innovative Solutions to Housing, Employment, and Skills Development:
Ontario is investing in 30 community projects across the province that are supporting new ways to help people break the cycle of poverty, find good jobs and end homelessness.
Chris Ballard, Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, highlighted the First Step to Home program, which is receiving support from the province to help older homeless men with complex needs find stable and independent housing.
Thirty projects are being funded through Ontario's Local Poverty Reduction Fund. The fund supports innovative, community-led programs that help groups disproportionately affected by poverty get into housing, develop skills and find employment, including women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, newcomers, visible minorities, seniors and Indigenous Peoples.
WoodGreen Community Services is receiving over $400,000 to help evaluate their First Step to Home program. The data collected will contribute to a body of knowledge that will support poverty reduction programs across the province.
Ontario is supporting 30 community partner-led projects through the Local Poverty Reduction Fund with an investment of over $16 million. These projects focus on local community partnerships and include a third-party evaluation component.