Sept 22, 2008
Media Release

York Regional Council approves $2.9 million expansion of the Community Development and Investment Fund

Community service agencies invited to apply for 2009 funding
 
NEWMARKET – York Regional Council has approved the expansion of the Community Development and Investment Fund (CDIF) to enable The Regional Municipality of York to purchase important community services.
 
“York Regional Council is enhancing our commitment to helping vulnerable individuals and low-income working residents who need assistance,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “This expansion responds to what agencies told us they need to adapt to the changing needs of our population.”
 
York Region will continue to purchase services through CDIF that provide results in one year.  In addition, York Region will now fund core services for up to three years.  The expansion will enable agencies to receive assistance with technical equipment, professional development and sustainability strategies.
 
“We want to facilitate existing community service providers so they are better able to help residents who really need the assistance,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg, Chair of the Region’s Community Services and Housing Committee.  “Renewable funding allows agencies to become more efficient, attract and retain high-calibre staff and deliver services in a more consistent manner.”
 
The program enhancements are already included in the Region’s operating budget.  In 2008, York Regional Council approved budget enhancements totalling $2.9 million for CDIF.
 
To be eligible for CDIF funding, community service agencies must address one or more of three priority areas:
• Child and family supports
• Homelessness services and homelessness prevention programs
• Employment supports
 
Community service agencies interested in submitting a proposal to receive CDIF funding in 2009 should obtain a Purchase of Service Request (PSR-08-01) package that contains further information.  The package is available online at www.york.ca (click on the CDIF Purchase of Service banner), or by visiting the York Region Administrative Centre, Supplies and Services Branch, 1st Floor, located at 17250 Yonge Street in the Town of Newmarket.
 
An information session on the Purchase of Service Request package will be held on Friday, October 3rd at 1:30 p.m. in Seminar Room at the York Region Administrative Centre.
 
This Purchase of Service closes Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 1 p.m.  Late submissions will not be accepted.
 
These enhancements to the CDIF strategy are the result of community consultations, cross-jurisdictional research and discussions with other levels of government.
 
Through CDIF, York Region purchases community services that have helped approximately 38,000 residents every year since 2002 to find and keep jobs, reduce family and child poverty and prevent homelessness. 
 
In 2008, York Region purchased a variety of community services from across the Region under the CDIF strategy, including:
• The Seneca College Essential Skills Builder Program: Assists individuals who are interested in returning or entering the workforce through a series of goal-setting and skill building training sessions.
• The LOFT/Crosslinks Housing and Support, York Region Street Outreach Van Program: Provides mobile services for homeless and at risk individuals.  Sleeping bags and assistance finding emergency shelter is provided.  Public health nurses also provide a needle exchange, sexual health counselling and contraception supplies through a harm reduction model strategy.
• The Family Services York Region, Families and Schools Together Project: Enhances family social and economic well-being by improving parenting skills, building social supports and increasing school functioning of children.
 
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Media Contact: Tim Paleczny, Communications Specialist, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1238, (416) 297-9696 or Toll free 1-877-464-9675
 Cell:  905 251-6413 Email: tim.paleczny@york.ca

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