The province announced their latest initiative to fight poverty across the province.
The Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, Chris Ballard, made a stop at WoodGreen Community Services in Toronto to announce new ways to break the cycle of poverty.
Ballard introduced the ‘First Step to Home’ program aimed at helping at older homeless men with complex needs find good jobs and end homelessness in Ontario.
30 community projects across the province are on the docket which are to be funded by Ontario’s Local Poverty Reduction Fund. That fund supports programs which help women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, newcomers, visible minorities, seniors and Indigenous Peoples develop skills and find employment.
$400,000 will fund the ‘first Step’ program at WoodGreen Community Services, while 30 partner-led projects will receive $16 million through the Local Poverty Reduction Fund.
“Ontario is investing in programs that will measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty.” said Ballard. “By harnessing the creativity of local partners, identifying innovative community-driven solutions, and building on evidence-based best practices, we can make strong inroads in tackling poverty.”
— Poverty Free Ontario (@povertyfreeont) October 26, 2016