Kawartha Lakes to receive an additional $349,500 in Social Services Relief Funding

By Lindsay Advocate

The Ontario government is building on the previous two phases of the Social Services Relief Fund with an additional $120 million to improve the delivery of critical services, renovate and purchase shelter facilities and provide longer-term housing solutions. 

The City of Kawartha Lakes will receive an additional $349,500 contributing to a total of  $3,962,949 in Social Services Relief Funding.

The municipality will be using the new funds for the expansion of A Place Called Home in Lindsay. The renovation includes building a new 19 bed shelter along with five new affordable housing units, one four-bedroom house and four one-bedroom apartments. 

“Our government is actively working to keep vulnerable community members safe and  respond to the changing needs presented by COVID-19,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for  Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock “This additional funding will help address the  increased demand for shelter services and build longer-term solutions for housing.” 

In March, Kawartha Lakes received over $1.8 million for Phase 1 of the Social  Services Relief Fund which was allocated to support emergency housing,  homelessness prevention and food security programs in Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County.

In October, Kawartha Lakes received more than $1.7 million as part of Phase 2 of the Social Services Relief Fund to help improve shelters and create opportunities for longer-term housing through the renovation and expansion of A  Place Called Home in Lindsay.

“We thank the province for continuing to make these important investments in our  community, says Hope Lee, manager, human services (housing). Assisting A Place  Called Home to rebuild the shelter is a priority focus of the municipal recovery strategy.  The Social Services Relief Funding will make this rebuild possible ensuring that those  experiencing homelessness in our community have a safe place to find shelter.” 

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