January 11, 2010
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York purchase $2.8 million in community services

NEWMARKET - York Regional Council, through the Community Development and Investment Fund (CDIF), will fund 33 community service projects to assist low income and vulnerable residents of York Region in 2010.  The projects, ranging from Employment supports, Family and Children’s services to Homelessness services, will receive a total of $2.8 million.
“The services purchased by the Region under CDIF assist residents find and keep work, and provide families with options that allow parents to stay in the workforce and reduce child poverty,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Other services supported through this fund actively prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless or help those who are homeless re-establish themselves.”
Since 2003, the focus of the CDIF Strategy has been on purchasing high priority services from community agencies that provide programs and services which meet one or more of the three priority funding areas of child and family supports, homelessness prevention programs and employment supports. 
“Many community-based agencies rely on CDIF to provide them with the funding necessary for the staffing and other resources needed to implement programs and services in the community,” said Town of Markham Deputy Mayor Jack Heath, Chair of the Region’s Community and Health Services Committee.  “During this challenging economic time, now more than ever, these services are needed to support our most vulnerable residents.”
In 2008, approximately 50,000 residents benefited from services and programs purchased through CDIF, and service levels are expected to be the same for 2009.
This year, more than 50 proposals for funding totalling almost $6 million were submitted in response to the Region’s request for proposals.  Each proposal was evaluated based on a range of established criteria, including the agency’s service delivery capability, effectiveness and track record of sound financial management and benefits in the priority areas.  Examples of 2010 CDIF investments include:
• Citizens for Affordable Housing (System Navigation) …quot; Provides assistance to York Region residents who are homeless or at risk for being homeless who do not meet eligibility criteria for the services of other agencies. This will prevent persons from falling through the cracks in the system.
• Jewish Vocational Services of Metropolitan Toronto (Action Towards Self Sufficiency and Employment) …quot; A service that provides psychological and vocational assessments and action planning towards employment to individuals in housing need due to unemployment.
• Family Services of York Region (Families & Schools Together) …quot; A project that delivers a number of eight-week sessions for low income families and recent immigrants to encourage participation in activities that strengthen the family bond as well as develop links between families, their schools and the community.
Please see the attached Media Backgrounder for a complete list of the 33 programs and services to be purchased in 2010 through CDIF and how residents will benefit from them.
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Media Contact:    Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
                          Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell: 905 716-9753
                          Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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