Ontario Investing in Housing for People with Developmental Disabilities
– Aurora, ON
As part of Ontario’s three-year, $810 million investment to support the transformation and modernization of developmental services, Ontario is investing more than $2 million over two years in six creative community-based housing initiatives for adults with developmental disabilities.
This year six additional projects have now been selected from Ontario’s Developmental Services Housing Task Force’s second call for proposals. This will expand the range of creative, inclusive and cost effective initiatives for adults with developmental disabilities and will build on the 12 projects that were funded through the first call for proposals.
Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, was at York Support Services Network today to highlight its project entitled Why Wait – York Region Lifetime Independent Facilitation. This project will support eight individuals in four unique housing models.
The selected projects are designed to:
•Foster innovative housing solutions through creative partnerships in the developmental services sector, including partnerships among individuals, families, community agencies, multiple levels of government and the private sector
•Expand the range of housing options available to adults with developmental disabilities
•Strengthen the community’s ability to enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities
•Promote individualized approaches through inclusive, community-based supports.
Lessons learned from the projects will be used to develop residential options that could be replicated in communities across the province, to help more people in the long term.
Supporting people with developmental disabilities is part of Ontario’s goal of full inclusion for every person across the province.
“We know there is no one-size-fits-all housing solution for adults with developmental disabilities. It’s about exploring creative partnerships to design innovative housing solutions that can meet the unique needs of a wide range of individuals. The projects selected by the Housing Task Force give us the opportunity to learn how new partnerships can help us work together to support greater inclusion of people with developmental disabilities.” Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services
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