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Ontario Helps Create Supportive Housing in Woodstock

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New transitional housing provides mental and physical health supports

WOODSTOCK — The Ontario government is providing nearly $1.1 million to create five modular, transitional supportive housing units in Woodstock. The investment will support innovative housing solutions for vulnerable individuals at risk of homelessness and help bridge the gap between homelessness and permanent housing.

“Our government’s $765 million Social Services Relief Fund was designed to provide immediate housing and homelessness program relief in communities across Ontario,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Supporting innovative solutions like this new modular housing in Woodstock is critical, as we work to keep our most vulnerable residents safe and housed, both during the pandemic and into the future.”

The five units will be part of a two-storey, eight-unit modular complex that is being built at 738 Parkinson Road. The units will be approximately 400 square feet each and will be located in close proximity to public transportation. Residents will also have access to counselling and support services for mental health and physical health challenges.

“The Government of Ontario recognizes the importance of supporting innovative projects to ensure vulnerable people in Woodstock get access to safe housing during COVID-19 and for years to come,” said Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford. “These new units will provide a supportive environment to individuals experiencing homelessness as they look for more permanent housing solutions, helping to ensure that everyone in our community has a safe place to call home.”

As highlighted in Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, today’s announcement is part of the province’s $765 million Social Services Relief Fund to help municipalities and Indigenous program partners create longer-term housing solutions and support vulnerable Ontarians affected by COVID-19, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

“We are pleased that for the first time in over 40 years the project at 738 Parkinson Road in Woodstock enables us to construct new housing units on an existing County-owned social housing property,” says Larry Martin, Warden, Oxford County. “The proposed construction is an extension of the existing 36-unit building on the property and will add eight new micro-units to Oxford County’s social housing inventory. It’s another solid step in the right direction, and is made possible thanks to nearly $1.1 million in funding received through the Social Service Relief Fund.”

With construction beginning this summer, the new units are expected to be completed and occupied by the end of the year.

Quick Facts

  • This funding is part of the over $4.3 million allocated to Oxford County in 2020-21 through Ontario’s Social Services Relief Fund, which is designed to help municipalities and Indigenous program partners deliver critical services, such as shelters, food banks, funding for rental arrears and housing.
  • The City of Woodstock also received over $1.7 million in 2020-2021 through the joint federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement, and over $717,000 in provincial COVID-19 financial relief for municipalities to address ongoing COVID-19 operating costs, help ensure the delivery of critical services and keep capital projects on track.

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