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Housing Task Force wants your ideas for creative housing solutions

For the second time this year, the Developmental Services Housing Task Force is issuing a call for proposals for creative, inclusive and cost-effective housing solutions.

Last August, the province approved 12 creative housing initiatives recommended by the Housing Task Force for a total investment of $3.47 million over two years.

The best ideas – ones that can be shared and replicated in communities across the province – from this second round will be funded as research and demonstration projects through the provincial government’s three year $810 million investment strategy for developmental services.

Ron Pruessen, chair of the task force, says “the Housing Task Force is looking forward to receiving some very creative proposals that foster more choice and that can be replicated in other communities across the province.”

Submissions should:

• Develop partnerships between individuals, families, community agencies, multiple levelsof government and the private sector.

• Expand the range of housing options available to adults with developmental disabilities and include options that are different than whatis currently funded through the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

Funding for housing project in Durham, Leeds and Grenville

Minister Jaczek recently announced at the Durham Association for Family Respite Services that Ontario is investing up to $266,387 over the next two years in a unique housing demonstration project the agency is leading for adults with developmental disabilities.

The project, which is one of the first 12 housing initiatives recommended by the Housing Task Force, will help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families navigate community resources such as banks and realtors, as well as help them build networks of support to find and secure housing. Local partners include the Brockville Association for Community Involvement, Community Involvement Legacy Homes and Intentionally Built Community.

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