December 16, 2002

York Region requesting proposals for funding from homelessness agencies

NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York will use remaining funding from the Government of Canada's Supporting Community Partnerships Initiative (SCPI) to support one-time proposals from homelessness agencies for winter needs of up to $5,000. These needs can include food, sleeping bags, clothes, and minor capital items such as furniture and appliances.

"Investing the remaining SCPI funding in a winter needs program will ensure that it is distributed where it is needed most," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.

In November 2001, the Government of Canada announced $1.6 million in SCPI funding for York Region. It later designated the Region to administer the funding to address the needs of the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. Thirty thousand dollars currently remains in unallocated SCPI funding that expires in March 31, 2003.

Interested community service providers serving the homeless are asked to submit a completed Winter Needs Funding Request form to the Region's Community Services and Housing Department by 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2003. A Community Advisory Board (CAB) will evaluate submitted proposals, based on the guiding principles for homelessness initiatives identified in the Region's Community Plan to Address Homelessness. CAB is comprised of five members from community funding, planning and other core stakeholders, and chaired by a designate of the Commissioner of the Region's Community Services and Housing Department.

For more information about York Region, the request for proposals or the Region's Community Plan to Address Homelessness, visit the York Region Web site at or contact Valerie Gillingham, Co-ordinator, Homelessness Programs, York Region, at (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, Ext. 2065.

Contact: Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications Services, York Region

(905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, Ext. 1238

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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