Halton and community partners support health and social services programs

By awarding almost $1.4 million in funding for 32 community programs and projects, Regional Council is helping to improve access to services for those at risk or in need. The funding, awarded through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF), will help enhance the health and well-being of residents through a range of initiatives, including programs that address mental health, prevent homelessness and support older adults, children and youth.

The Halton Region Community Investment Fund helps critical non-profit programs deliver or expand their services, upgrade their equipment or even try something new so they can continue to improve and enhance the lives of Halton residents.

HealthSocServPgmsOne of the key items in the Halton Region Strategic Action Plan, 2015 –2018, is supporting the health and well-being of all Halton residents by promoting good mental health in the community. This year, the HRCIF is supporting community mental health programs, including $75,000 over three years to Radius Child and Youth Services to provide assessment and treatment to children and families impacted by abuse or neglect; $56,000 over three years to Halton Women’s Place for partnering with the Reach Out Centre for Kids to provide mental health supports for children; and $191,693 to help the Halton branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association establish 24/7 addictions and mental health support in the community to help residents maintain housing, prevent homelessness, support healthy coping and increase stability.

The investment fund is also contributing to programs that support the needs of children and youth, including $71,200 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton to provide an after-school mentoring program for girls from diverse backgrounds. The HRCIF is also awarding funding to programs that support the needs of older adults, including $319,200 over three years to the Halton Gatekeepers Program to assist seniors that live in extreme self-neglect and hoarded environments.

Not only did Halton award funds to 32 programs in 2016, 10 organizations are also receiving funding for the second year of a multi-year grant awarded in 2015. Next month, the Region will be asking for proposals from organizations that address food insecurity. An additional $200,000 in funding is targeted to those efforts.

Our commitment to keeping our communities safe and healthy is what makes Halton Region such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. To learn more about the Halton Region Community Investment Fund and how Halton is working with community partners to improve access to services, visit halton.ca/investmentfund or dial 311.

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