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June 4, 2001
Local groups receive $14.8 million for homelessness programs in Toronto
  
Toronto, Ontario -- Nearly $15 million was announced today for more
than 60 projects in Toronto that will help address and alleviate homelessness.
The Honourable Claudette Bradshaw, Minister of Labour and Federal Co-ordinator
on Homelessness, and Toronto Councillor Brad Duguid made the announcement on
site at 25 Leonard Avenue, a project that will receive $4.6 million to build
transitional housing for homeless people.

Funding partners for the 60 projects include the Government of Canada ($8.2
million), the City of Toronto ($4.6 million) and the Province of Ontario ($2
million).

Today's announcement builds on the $1.9 million in SCPI (Supporting Communities
Partnership Initiative) funding awarded in March to assist 34 community-based
organizations that deal directly with homelessness.

"We are working hard with the community to reduce and prevent homelessness,"
said Minister Bradshaw. "I am very pleased that the community groups and
organizations who are best placed to combat homelessness will receive the
support they need from all levels of government."

"These projects being announced here today, including 25 Leonard, are an
excellent example of what is taking place all across the city," said Councillor
Brad Duguid, Chair of the City's Community Services Committee. "All levels of
government must continue to work together to support these community efforts."

Other projects being funded under today's announcement include transitional
housing, and support services for homeless persons. The funds will be used for
a wide variety of purposes, from upgrading infrastructure and facilities to
providing case management services to assist homeless people in accessing
housing, health services, banking, income support and employment opportunities.

"I am very excited that this project is now underway," said Rev. Brian Burch,
President of the St. Clare's Multifaith Housing Society, referring to this new
approach to housing people who have been homeless for some time. "Transitional
housing is desperately needed in Toronto."

Federal funding for these projects is being allocated through the SCPI, the
cornerstone of the Government of Canada's $753-million Homelessness Initiative.
Toronto will receive $53 million over three years under the SCPI for service
programs and capital projects.

City of Toronto funding includes contributions from its Hostels Capital
Programs Fund and $800,000 worth of City-owned land.

"The Government of Ontario is providing more than $100 million in new
initiatives to build on the more than $2 billion the province spends each year
to help people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless," said Chris
Hodgson, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Government of Canada funding for the Homelessness Initiative was provided for
in the February 2000 budget and is therefore built into the existing financial
framework.

For more information on the Government of Canada's Homelessness Initiative,
visit our Web site at http://www.hrdc.gc.ca/nsh-snsa.


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