April 22, 2010
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York purchases $5 million in social services from community-based agencies

Services provided support to more than 70,500 low income residents in 2009
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York successfully purchased $5 million of services for York Region’s vulnerable residents through 89 projects in 2009.  These projects were delivered by social service agencies across the Region and funded by the York Region Community Development Investment Fund (CDIF). 
“Last year was a particularly hard year for many York Region residents,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “The flexibility of the CDIF funding strategy enables the Region to quickly respond to these emerging needs in our community and ensure needed community services are available.”
All of the projects that received CDIF funding in 2009 supported at least one of the three priority areas:

• Child and family supports - Projects that help prevent and reduce child poverty, promote attachment to the workforce or provide families and children with access to family-centred supports
• Homelessness prevention - Projects that help people get off the streets, prevent homelessness or help those who are in emergency shelters move to permanent housing
• Employment skill development and training - Projects that address barriers to employment and increase access to jobs for low income families in York Region
Of the 89 projects that were purchased in 2009, 78 of them received one-year funding totalling $3.6 million and 11 projects received renewable funding totalling $1.4 million.  Through the renewable funding allocation, agencies that continue to meet established criteria may be eligible to receive funding for up to three consecutive years.  
“The CDIF strategy was approved by Regional Council in 2002 and 37 projects received funding in the first year,” said Jack Heath, Town of Markham Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Region’s Community and Health Services Committee.  “Today, this number has more than doubled, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to meet the need for community services in York Region.”
Examples of some of the 2009 CDIF investments include:
The Family Resource Centre provides parenting support for children and caregivers from low income and newcomer families.  Programs are designed to reduce isolation, create linkages in the community and deliver accessible social, learning and recreational activities for children.
York Region Street Outreach Program expanded operations of a mobile van to seven days a week with the expansion of additional routes across the Region.  Street outreach services include delivering basic interventions such as health and harm reduction supports to homeless or at-risk people of York Region. 
Employment and Empowerment provides essential skills upgrading, computer training and soft skills enhancement to improve the opportunity for employment and employment enhancement for unemployed.
Under the CDIF strategy, York Region manages community funding initiatives that include both provincial and regional funds in a manner that enhances efficiencies, ensures responsiveness and optimizes services to vulnerable residents.
For a complete list of the 2009 CDIF projects, please visit www.york.ca/CDIF
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 4016 / After-hours Cell: 905 716-9753
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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