Approved projects support vulnerable residents

Breakfast and snack programs for students in low-income communities and workshops that teach participants how to create healthy foods on a limited budget are among 42 community projects and initiatives that will receive nearly $5.8 million in combined funding in 2021 through York Region’s Community Investment Fund.

The Fund supports non-profit community agencies that improve the well-being of York residents living with low and moderate income through four ‘community results’: community health, economic independence, housing stability and social inclusion.

“While new temporary federal and provincial support programs are helping communities and households address needs as a result of COVID-19, recommended Community Investment funding in 2021 will help stabilize the not-for-profit sector and ensure continued support for local initiatives that vulnerable residents rely on, particularly during the pandemic and as temporary supports end,” according to a Report of the Commissioner of Community and Health Services.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of York, Food for Learning, the Hong Fook Mental Health Association and John Howard Society of York Region are among the agencies that will receive funding to meet community health goals.

The Centre for Immigrant and Community Services, which provides technical and soft skills training for immigrant women to find and maintain employment, and Cornerstone to Recovery, which provides pre-employment and job development training for residents in recovery from addictions, are among several agencies that will receive funding to meet economic independence goals.

Community Legal Clinic of York Region, which provides legal supports for tenants with mental health challenges at risk of eviction, and Inn from the Cold, which provides emergency winter shelter and support to those experiencing homelessness, are among several agencies that will receive funding to meet housing stability goals.

CAYR Community Connections, an agency that provides intergenerational social inclusion programs for HIV+ & 2SLGBTQ+ for York residents, and Family Services York Region, which offers skills development for newcomer parents to improve children’s academic performance and behaviours, are among the agencies that will receive funding to achieve social inclusion goals.

In 2019, more than 66,000 residents – representing about 15 per cent of York’s total population of residents living with low and moderate income – received services through Community Investment funded projects. That year, Council approved funding for 38 not-for-profit agencies to deliver 45 projects under the Community Investment Fund in 2020. Three of those projects were cancelled due to challenges with program delivery amid the pandemic.

For a complete list of Community Investment Fund projects and the amount each will receive in 2021, visit https://yorkpublishing.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=15851.

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