September 25, 2003

York Region invites proposals from homelessness agencies for Winter Needs Funding

NEWMARKET  The Regional Municipality of York invites agencies serving the homeless community or those at risk of being homeless to apply for Winter Needs Funding, under York Region’s Community Development Investment Funding Strategy.  Proposals, to a maximum of $7,000 per proposal, should help agencies meet their needs for the upcoming winter and must be consistent with the Region’s overall community plan to address homelessness.


Winter needs projects could include sleeping bags; furniture and appliances for shelter providers and those organizations providing services to the homeless; and other items that will have a direct impact on the improvement of services to the homeless over the coming winter months.


Interested agencies should submit a completed Winter Needs Funding Request form no later than 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2003 to:


Ms. Valerie Gillingham, Co-ordinator

Homelessness Programs, Housing and Residential Services Division

The Regional Municipality of York

Community Services and Housing Department

17250 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor

Newmarket, ON  L3Y 6Z1


Forms are available from the Region’s Web site at (Click on “What’s New”) or by contacting Valerie Gillingham at 1-877-464-9675, Ext. 2065



Contact:            Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications, York Region

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

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