Policy change aims to boost access to affordable housing

Thepost.ca – Local New – CITY HALL: Those with special needs focus of reform
June 25, 2010.
KAWARTHA LAKES-The City of Kawartha Lakes has established a policy under the Social Housing Reform Act that officials say will enhance and expedite access to affordable housing units in its service area for people with special needs.

The policy was established through the collaboration of a number of local agencies includ-ing Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, Central East Community Care Access Centre, Kawartha Participation Projects, Canadian Mental Health Association, Community Living Kawartha Lakes and Ross Memorial Hospital.

Those who will benefit from the policy include:

¦ Persons over the age of 60 who need both support services and affordable housing.

¦ Persons with physical dis-abilities that need both support services and affordable housing.

¦ Persons with chronic men-tal illness that need both support services and affordable housing.

¦ Persons with developmental delay that need both support services and affordable housing

“The policy was adopted by council at a time when other significant related advancements have been achieved in our com-munity,” city housing manager Hope Lee said. “The supply of modified housing for persons with physical disabilities will be expanded by 24 units by January 2011. Support services required for those to live independently have also been expanded.”

The participating agencies are hopeful that further support service funding will be approved by the Central East Local Health Integration Network for the special needs groups that rely on their services.

Applications for affordable housing and for the special needs priority can be obtained from the Social Housing Department at 322 Kent St. W. in Lindsay or online at www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/socialhousing.

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