Ontario paying to create emergency shelter in St. Thomas

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Ontario government has provided $927,831 to help convert an existing building into an emergency shelter in St. Thomas.

Located at 10 Princess Avenue, the two-storey building will provide 23 beds and 24-hour-a-day support for people  experiencing homelessness, including mental health and addictions support, health care, harm reduction services and practical help such as identification replacement, social assistance and long-term housing solutions.

“Our government’s policies have delivered historic results in getting more homes built faster and complement our nearly $4.4 billion investments in community and supportive housing over the past three years,” said Steve Clark, minister of municipal affairs and housing. “We are also continuing to work to expand access to mental health and addictions support for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

“Community and supportive housing is a critical component of our commitment to building 1.5 million new homes over the next 10 years.”

The St. Thomas funding will come from the province’s social services relief fund which has distributed over $1.2 billion of throughout the pandemic.

“We all have a role to play to ensure that nobody in need of safety and shelter gets left behind,” said Joe Preston, Mayor of St. Thomas. “We have welcomed this funding in support of the Inn and the stability and safety it has brought for people experiencing homelessness or struggling with other challenges such as mental health or disability.”

 

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