York Regional Council increases investment in important community services
NEWMARKET – York Regional Council today invested nearly $1.7 million in community agencies under the Community Development and Investment Fund (CDIF) strategy.
"CDIF projects help residents find and keep employment, reduce child poverty, prevent homelessness and help those who are homeless get back on their feet,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. "By addressing the causes and not the symptoms, the CDIF strategy diminishes the need for more costly social and community services at a later point in time.”
Through CDIF, the Region will purchase 24 community service projects to be implemented in 2008. Projects range from employment supports such as skills testing to housing support services that help young parents and the homeless to secure and maintain affordable housing. Other projects are designed to give children and youth positive role models through projects that include mentoring, counselling and goal-setting to help develop important life skills.
Each year, approximately 35,000 York Region residents benefit from the services purchased and delivered through the CDIF strategy.
Under the CDIF strategy, York Region manages a number of community funding initiatives that provide services to York Region residents. These currently include the Provincial Consolidated Homelessness Prevention Program, the Municipal Purchase of Service Fund and the National Child Benefit Reinvestment Strategy. All are administered through the CDIF to minimize administrative procedures and costs.
With the announcement that the National Child Benefit Reinvestment Strategy will be discontinued in July 2008, York Regional Council acted to maintain current service levels by investing $458,000 for the last six months of 2008 and $917,000 annually beginning in 2009.
The Province has decided that families who receive Social Assistance will no longer have their National Child Benefit cheques deducted from their Social Assistance benefits.
“This will allow families to keep the National Child Benefit money and use it as they see fit, which is a positive development for families in York Region that need assistance,” said Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg, Chair of the Region’s Community Services and Housing Committee. “Through Regional Council’s decision to replace this investment in CDIF, important community-based programs will continue for residents across the Region.”
In August, York Region invited community service agencies to propose services for 2008. The three priority areas for funding are: homelessness programs, family and children's services and employment supports.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York and our services, please visit www.york.ca
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