May 25, 2009
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York purchases 58 community projects through newly-enhanced community fund

$3.5 million investment assists 50,000 low-income residents in 2008
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York successfully purchased 58 projects from social service agencies across the Region in 2008 through the Community Development and Investment Fund (CDIF).  Through this funding strategy, York Region helped approximately 50,000 low-income residents become or remain employed and housed. It has also provided a broad range of family supports throughout the Region.
 
“Our population growth, combined with the current economic conditions, present challenges but also provides real opportunities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “These programs are intended to support our more vulnerable residents, so this investment in CDIF has been timely.”
 
All projects that received CDIF funding in 2008 addressed at least one of three priority areas:
-  Child and family supports
-  Homelessness outreach and homelessness prevention programs
-  Employment skill development
 
“The Community Development and Investment Fund supports the social and emotional well-being of the vulnerable in our society,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg, Chair of the Region’s Community Services and Housing Committee.  “By expanding our partnerships with community agencies, children and families received much needed support.”
 
Examples of 2008 CDIF investments include:
• Families and Schools Together linked 60 families with 227 individuals, including children, to meet, have a meal and discuss school programs with staff from local elementary schools
 
• Seneca College helped unemployed individuals and those wishing to enter the workforce to assess and build the essential skills needed for employment in their chosen field
 
• A community drop-in program for homeless and at-risk youth provided a supportive and recreational environment, counselling services and access to nutritional supplies
 
Under the CDIF strategy, York Region manages community funding initiatives that include both provincial and regional funds in a manner that enhances efficiencies and optimizes services to vulnerable residents.
 
Please see the attached Backgrounder for a complete list of the 58 programs and services that were provided to residents in 2008.
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact:   Alyssa Petrillo, Corporate Communications, York Region
                                              Phone: 905 830-4444 or Toll Free 1-877-464-9675 ext. 1207
                                              Email: alyssa.petrillo@york.ca

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