Ontario Government Invests in Supportive Housing for Niagara Region’s Most Vulnerable

New Oakdale Commons Development in St. Catharines will support those at risk of being homeless

News from the Government of Ontario

Posted July 30th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark

St. Catharines, Ontario ― The Ontario government is investing over $2.2 million in supportive housing to give those who are most at risk of homelessness in Niagara Region the housing and support services they deserve.

The new 24-unit Oakdale Commons development in St. Catharines will include 15 supportive housing units, four of which will be fully accessible.

The new building will include a community room, kitchen, public washroom and laundry facilities for residents, as well as a large community garden and access to a city-operated playground beside the site. A high contrast colour palette will also be used throughout the building to assist people with visual impairments.

“Communities across the province are facing housing challenges, which have been heightened by COVID-19. Our government is proud to be working to ensure that every Ontarian has a place to call home,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

“Together, we are supporting innovative approaches so that our most vulnerable can safely move into housing with crucial support services.”

Residents will benefit from onsite support from the YWCA Women’s Resource Centre which provides skill development programs, such as financial literacy, healthy relationships, employment related programs and cooking.

The funding is being provided through the Home for Good program, which provides housing assistance and support services to people experiencing homelessness, or who are at imminent risk of homelessness, in four priority areas: youth, Indigenous people, people experiencing chronic homelessness, and individuals transitioning from places such as jails and hospitals.

“The Oakdale Commons project is important as it will help ensure people right here in St. Catharines can get a roof over their head and access programs that will improve their quality of life,” said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

This is part of the government’s made-in-Ontario plan for renewal, growth and economic recovery. As communities continue to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, funding like this helps those most in need find stable housing and access to support services, such as counselling, addiction services and life-skills training.

Quick Facts

  •   *   Ontario has more than 20 supportive housing projects assisting people with a wide range of supports, including Indigenous people, those with mental health issues, people with developmental disabilities, seniors, youth, and people who have experienced homelessness.
  • *   As part of the Community Housing Renewal Strategy, the Province is investing nearly $1 billion in 2020-21, which will help sustain and grow community housing and help end homelessness in Ontario.

Ontario has provided $350 million in fundingto help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep vulnerable people safe. This includes funding to local service managers and Indigenous program administrators who were given the flexibility to expand the key services they already offer to meet their local needs, including supporting people who are having difficulty paying rent.

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