Community Development and Investment Fund supports 46 projects
NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York is investing $4.6 million to improve the vitality and well-being of our communities. Through the Community Development and Investment Fund (CDIF), funding for 46 projects will be allocated to support social services in York Region.
“The CDIF Strategy continues to have a significant and positive impact on residents across the Region,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “The services available through this program help low income residents find and keep work, strengthen families and prevent homelessness.”
CDIF investments support critical services, provide preventive interventions and fill important service gaps across our communities. Projects receiving 2012 CDIF funding address at least one of the following three priority areas:
• Employment Supports – addressing barriers to employment and increasing access to jobs for low income families
• Family and Children’s Services – helping prevent and reduce child poverty, promoting attachment to the workforce or providing families and children with access to family-centred supports
• Homelessness Programs – helping people get off the streets, preventing homelessness or helping those who are in emergency shelters move to permanent housing
“Enhancing access to important community programs creates healthier and more resilient residents and communities,” said Town of Markham Deputy Mayor Jack Heath, Chair of the Region’s Community and Health Services Committee. “In 2010, more than 76,000 residents directly benefited from CDIF-funded services, a reflection of the need for this fund.”
Examples of some of the 2012 investments include:
• Jewish Family and Child, Family Resource Centre provides culturally appropriate services to parents and caregivers in early child development and parenting. The project offers parenting workshops, a multi-lingual health promotion program, a clothing bank and information and referral services.
• STEPS Society for Permanent Recovery Services assists those in recovery from addictions or affected by addictions prepare for employment. Services include life strategy lessons, career and vocational assessments, computer upgrading and job placement.
• The Employment and Education Program at the Salvation Army Sutton Youth Shelter provides job specific training, pre-employment support and an in-house educational program to homeless and at-risk youth.
For more information on the Community Development and Investment Fund and to view the complete list of 2012 projects, please visit www.york.ca/CDIF
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