Province ponies up to help social services

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Provincial officials recently announced that the Municipality of Chatham-Kent will receive an additional $415,300 in social services relief funding, bringing the total funding amount to $3,390,589.

The discretionary funding can be used to improve the delivery of critical services, protect homeless shelter staff and residents, renovate and purchase shelter facilities, add to rent banks, create longer-term housing solutions and support plans to prepare for potential future outbreaks and/or emergencies.

“Ensuring those vulnerable individuals have a safe and secure roof over their heads is one of our government’s goals,” said MPP Rick Nicholls of Chatham-Kent Leamington. “This funding, targeted towards vulnerable citizens, will help keep them safe during these uncertain COVID-19 times. Right now, having a safe place to call home is of great importance.”

The Ontario government is allocating an additional $120 million across the province to help municipalities and Indigenous community partners protect vulnerable people during COVID-19. This investment builds upon the second phase of social services relief funding announced this fall.

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