Seven housing projects in the Kenora-Rainy River region have received a combined $3.6 million in government funding.

The money will be funded through the Social Services Relief Fund to sustain, repair and grow community housing. This funding includes the already $1.6 million that was given to the to Kenora District Services Board’s Dryden Supportive Seniors project that will create 41 new senior housing units.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP, Greg Rickford made the announcement on Monday (April 28, 2022), and says this investment is another example of the provinces plan to proactively mitigate the risk of homelessness.

“We are committed to supporting service providers with the tools they need to deliver meaningful resources in Kenora–Rainy River, ensuring more community members have a safe, affordable place to call home,” says Rickford.

Projects benefiting from the Social Services Relief Fund include:

Senior Project Pic April 28 (2).PNG Photo credit: Kenora-Rainy River MPP, Greg Rickford. 

Barry Baltessen, Board Chair of the Kenora District Services Board notes the Social Services Relief Fund has been vital to communities in the area and the projects in them.

“Through this provincial funding, we have been able to execute improvements to ensure existing capital is being utilized and brand-new purpose-built housing is being developed in the District of Kenora. These projects have been collective goals amongst our communities and community partners, and we are grateful for the opportunity the Social Services Relief Fund has provided.”

The Social Services Relief Fund has provided over $1 billion of support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, to help municipalities and Indigenous program partners create longer-term housing solutions and help vulnerable Ontarians, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.