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New funding helps York Region residents stay housed



Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York has received $500,000 in funding from the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home COVID-19 Emergency Response to help people who are experiencing homelessness, or at-risk of homelessness, find or keep housing.

This grant is administered by United Way Greater Toronto and will be used to provide additional support through York Region’s Homelessness Prevention Program.

“We know keeping people in their homes or helping them find suitable housing options is an important step in building strong, stable communities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “This is a great example of community partners coming together to work with government to find solutions to benefit some of our most vulnerable residents during unprecedented times.”

The Homelessness Prevention Program supports eligible residents maintain their housing situation by helping cover costs such as rent, mortgage and utility payments. Offering financial assistance and support to people who have a stable income but are experiencing unforeseen impacts to their finances due to the pandemic will help them remain safely in their homes, support community safety and well-being and help with public health measures to contain COVID-19.

“COVID-19 has impacted our community and its most vulnerable people in ways we are only beginning to understand,” said United Way Greater Toronto President and CEO Daniele Zanotti. “United Way Greater Toronto is proud to partner with the federal government and The Regional Municipality of York to keep people safe and housed. Local investments in both immediate and long-term solutions will ensure York Region emerges from this pandemic strong and resilient.”

Visit york.ca/homelessnessprevention to learn more about York Region’s Homelessness Prevention Program or call Access York at 1-877-464-9675 Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information on COVID-19 in York Region please visit york.ca/COVID19

About United Way: As the largest non-government funder of community services in the GTA, United Way Greater Toronto reinforces a crucial community safety net. United Way’s network of agencies and initiatives in neighbourhoods across Peel, Toronto and York Region works to ensure that everyone has access to the programs and services they need to thrive today. Mobilizing the network and other community support, United Way tackles #UNIGNORABLE issues linked to poverty. United Way’s work is rooted in ground-breaking research, strategic leadership, local advocacy and cross-sectoral partnerships committed to building lasting solutions to the GTA’s greatest challenges. unitedwaygt.org

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 54,000 businesses with over 650,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices

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Media Contact:

Ben Sangster, Health Educator, Public Relations,
Community and Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675  ext. 7213
ben.sangster@york.ca

After Hours: 905-806-1216 or chs_media@york.ca

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