The Kenora District Services Board is working with municipalities and First Nation communities to help support families.
The board recently approved their 2018 budget, which includes a substantial increase. The board’s budget will reach roughly $55 million in 2018, up $13 million from 2017. Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer for the KDSB, says that the increased budget will lead to more supportive housing in the district.
“Part of our 2018 budget is new programs. We have the Homes for Good program, which we’re going to be working with communities, community agencies and First Nation communities to establish 150 supportive housing units. That includes putting support into existing homes, but also to leverage the development of new housing. Our goal is that 60 to 80 of the 150 houses are brand new builds. We’re on track to do that. We’re being very aggressive in this. Even if we achieve half of our number, 30 to 40 new homes, it would be a huge success. However, our goal is to build the full 80,” he said.
Wall says that for every family that the board places in a house, there are 20 to 27 families added to the housing wait-list.
Wall noted that with their expanded budget – they will also be expanding and enhancing emergency services, childcare and social supports within the region. Of course, the KDSB will also have a hand in helping to support Kenora’s new emergency shelter, soon to be located at Knox United Church.