Ontario Building More Supportive Housing in Peterborough

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Provincial investment will support people experiencing homelessness in the community

The Ontario government is providing $377,641 to help create two supportive housing units in Peterborough that will support people experiencing homelessness.

Located at 1545 Monaghan Road, The Mount is a structurally beautiful, former convent that has been converted to provide three small scale housing projects. The building is accessible with ramps, elevators, and wide hallways, as well as space for storing and charging electric wheelchairs and scooters.

The funding was announced by Rob Flack, Associate Minister of Housing and Dave Smith, Member of Provincial Parliament for Peterborough – Kawartha.

“These homes will make a real difference in the lives of people experiencing homelessness, and I’m proud that our government is supporting projects like these all across the province,” said Rob Flack, Associate Minister of Housing. “The Mount is another great example of innovative solutions to build more housing of all kinds. We’ll keep working with our partners to achieve our goal to build at least 1.5 million homes by 2031 to ensure all Ontarians can find a place to call home.”

Residents will be close to community resources, including transit, grocery stores, schools, and employment opportunities, as well as support programs on site.

Today’s announcement is part of the province’s Social Services Relief Fund, which has provided over $1.2 billion of support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, to help municipal service managers and Indigenous program administrators create longer-term housing solutions and help vulnerable people in Ontario, including those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

The Ontario government is also investing an additional $202 million each year in homelessness prevention programs – the Homelessness Prevention Program and Indigenous Supportive Housing Program – bringing Ontario’s total yearly investment to close to $700 million. This includes nearly $7.7 million in 2023-24 through the Homelessness Prevention Program for Peterborough.

Quick Facts

  • The City of Peterborough has been allocated over $8.8 million through all phases of the Social Services Relief Fund to deliver critical services such as shelters, food banks and emergency services.
  • Service managers and Indigenous program administrators have the flexibility to allocate provincial funding to programs and services that address and prevent homelessness in their communities, such as rent supplements, homeless shelters, and supportive housing including capital projects.
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