Peel Region is receiving $1,001,000 in new funding under the Survivors of Domestic Violence Portable Housing Benefit Pilot program. Ontario has selected Peel Region as one of 22 communities across the province to test the pilot.
The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $20 million over two years to provide ongoing assistance to approximately 1,000 survivors of domestic violence per year under the pilot program.
Currently, survivors of domestic violence are given priority access to rent-geared-to-income social housing. Under the new pilot, those survivors approved under the Special Priority Policy will have the option to receive a portable housing benefit, so that they can immediately find housing in their community instead of waiting for a social housing unit to become available.
Based on the outcomes of the pilot, Ontario will consider ways to enhance the program and extend the portable housing benefit to other communities.
The new investment complements the commitments made through Ontario’s recent Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy update, and supports the province’s goal of ending chronic homelessness in 10 years.
This initiative also supports the Ontario government's goals of ending violence against women and providing better supports for survivors, and the government's It's Never Okay: Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment.
“This pilot program is an important step in helping to ensure that survivors fleeing domestic violence can quickly find affordable and adequate housing of their choice in Mississauga-Brampton South and throughout the communities of Peel Region.”
— Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga–Brampton South
“The initiative with the investment through Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy allows survivors fleeing domestic violence to receive funding through the domestic violence Portable Housing Benefit Pilot program and swiftly obtain optimal affordable and suitable housing in Peel, including Brampton Springdale.”
— Harinder Malhi, MPP for Brampton-Springdale
Canadians are invited to help shape the National Housing Strategy by joining the conversation on www.LetsTalkHousing.ca. Your ideas will help shape the future of housing in Canada.
Amrit Mangat, MPP
Harinder Malhi, MPP
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