April 27, 2006
Media Release

More than 30,000 residents benefit from York Region's Community Development and Investment Fund


Sixty projects received funding through $3.4 million investment
 
NEWMARKET York Region's 2005 Community Development and Investment Fund (CDIF) has enabled more than 30,000 residents to benefit from important community-based programs.
 
According to a report to York Regional Council today, CDIF funded 60 projects through a total investment of $3.4 million that provided a range of services and supports to York Region residents with a focus on the following areas:
 Child and family supports
 Services to the homeless and prevention of homelessness
 Employment skill development
 Capacity building for improved inter-agency service delivery
 
"This is an important investment in our communities that is actively supporting the changing needs of our growing and diversifying population," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  "CDIF results in residents across the Region having access to important programs and services through a stronger network of community supports."
 
Under its CDIF Strategy, York Region annually issues a purchase of service request that invites community agencies to submit proposals for projects that will be implemented in the following year.
 
"The CDIF Strategy enables the Region to purchase community-based services in York Region in a way that ensures both the process and the results are accountable, fair and equitable," said Town of Newmarket Mayor Tom Taylor, Chair of the Community Services and Housing Committee.  "In addition, CDIF has been successful in helping agencies to work better together, establishing partnerships to make services available and encouraging community input and volunteerism."
 
"Support from the Region's CDIF strategy allowed us to expand our services to help more children more quickly in York Region," said Moragh Wolfe, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of York.  "Specifically, the funding allowed us to expedite the intake process for matching vulnerable, at-risk children with caring adult volunteer mentors.  A total of 328 children were served last year."
 
Some other examples of 2005 CDIF successes include:
 The Catholic Community Services of York Region's expanded Focus on Fathers Program and Young Parents Program workshops provided opportunities for over 180 fathers and 34 young parents to improve their parenting and family relations and to augment interpersonal skills.
 The Citizens for Affordable Housing's Housing Help Centre served 4,500 clients and landlords directly with its updated walk-in and on-line housing registry.
 
A list of the 60 CDIF projects and results is attached.
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For more information on the Regional Municipality of York and the services our Region offers, please visit our Web site at: www.york.ca
 
Media Contact: Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 1238, (416) 297-9696 or Toll free 1-877-464-9675
 After Hours pager:  (905) 830-3302    Email: tim.paleczny@york.ca

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