Preventing homelessness in Halton

Halton Regional Council works hard on behalf of its residents and this work has paid off with the Region having one of the lowest unemployment rates and the highest quality of life in all of Canada. With this success comes an important responsibility to help people that need support in our community.

In the recently approved 2015 Regional budget, Regional Council included $4.3 million to help prevent homelessness throughout the region under the province’s Community Homeless Prevention Initiative (CHPI). Our primary plan for this funding is to assist people who may be at risk of losing their current housing by helping with last month’s rent deposits, utility and rent arrears, as well as assisting with moving and storage costs. The Housing Stability Fund is one of a number of tools the Region uses to keep Halton residents housed by avoiding evictions – a key policy priority of the Comprehensive Housing Strategy (CHS).

By committing funding to these important programs, we’ll be helping people build a brighter future for themselves, their families and our community:

  • Over $800,000 will go towards homelessness prevention, supporting those at-risk of losing their current housing;
  • $1.4 million to Halton’s Emergency Shelter programs, run in partnership with the Salvation Army;
  • $1.5 million to the Housing with Related Supports program which provides supportive housing for Halton residents with physical and mental disabilities, as well as the frail elderly; and
  • $125,000 to the Halton Housing Help Service to assist residents at risk of homelessness find and retain affordable housing as well as overcome some traditional housing barriers

If you or someone you know is struggling with the cost of housing, I encourage you to look into our Regional housing services online or dial 311.

Working together we can support all members of our community and continue to be a great place to live today, tomorrow and in the future.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”