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More provincial funding coming to address homelessness in riding

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The provincial government is taking more steps to address homelessness in our riding.

$2,231,400 is coming to Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock as part of Ontario’s new Homelessness Prevention Program, up $166,208 from last year.

The program launches April 1, and combines the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative, Home for Good, and the Strong Communities Rent Supplement Program.

Provincial officials say it will help connect people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness to the relevant housing supports and services.

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“This additional investment and streamlined program will help more community members break the cycle of home insecurity by getting them connected to the services and supports they need faster and with fewer barriers,” said MPP Laurie Scott in an announcement.

Funds will go out through the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager for Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County to those on a By-Name List, which keeps up-to-date information on those experiencing homelessness.

The funding comes as part of a $25-million boost to Ontario’s yearly spending on homelessness prevention programs, now up to $464-million annually.

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