Ontario puts $587 million toward goal of ‘ending homelessness’

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TheStar.com – News/Queen’s Park – The Liberal government plan will give Toronto $223 million to combat homelessness.
Mar 30 2015.   By: Richard J. Brennan, Provincial Politics

‎The Liberal government is committing $587 million over the next two years to deal with the growing problem of homelessness.

And of that Toronto will receive $223 million from the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI), Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Ted McMeekin announced Monday.

“Homelessness is one of the greatest challenges facing Ontario,” McMeekin said.

He said pumping more than $587 million over the next couple of years will go a long way to ending homelessness.

The announcement was the first of what is expected to be many strategic leaks from this spring’s restraint budget.

“We are committed to ending homelessness. Having a home is a very important first step to leave poverty,” Treasury Board President Deb Matthews said.

She said so far the province investment has found housing for 33,000 and helped another 80,000‎ from ending up homeless.

‎The CHPI was launched in 2013, consolidating five homelessness-related programs previously administered by various ministries into one program under the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

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