Mississauga — The Ontario government is providing over $4.5 million to help create 40 supportive housing units.
Two former private seniors group homes are being incorporated into a new development by Indwell, to provide supportive housing for people dealing with mental health and addiction issues, racialized groups and homeless people or those at risk of homelessness.
Located at 25 Thomas Street in the old village of Streetsville, the complex will contain 40 studio apartments, 10 of which are barrier-free, each with its own kitchen and bath. There are several common areas including a roof deck, servery and community space that can hold up to 40 people.
“Our government is getting shovels in the ground and building homes across Ontario through innovation and collaboration with all of our partners in the housing sector,” said Michael Parsa, Associate Minister of Housing for Ontario. “We’re pleased to support this important project in Mississauga, which will allow community members who need it most the ability to build their future in an affordable, safe and secure home.”
The new development will preserve and incorporate two listed heritage properties located at 25 Thomas Street and 253 Victoria Street. Finished landscaping will include Indigenous plantings and a private terrace. The building is also close to grocery stores, schools, parks, transit, and employment opportunities.
As highlighted in Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, today’s announcement is part of the province’s Social Services Relief Fund, which has provided over $1.2 billion of support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, to help municipalities and Indigenous program partners create longer-term housing solutions and help vulnerable Ontarians, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The Ontario government is also investing an additional $25 million annually in our new Homelessness Prevention Program. The new program simplifies and streamlines operations so municipal service managers can spend less time on paperwork and more time working with their clients to help find housing and other supports and help those at risk of homelessness stay in their homes. The additional funding brings Ontario’s total yearly investment in the program to close to $464 million.
- In Budget 2021, Ontario released $175 million for mental health and addictions services and supports, building on prior year investments of $176 million announced in October 2020, and $174 million in Budget 2019.
“Today is a great day for Mississauga-Streetsville and the greater Mississauga community. This project will provide safe and secure accommodation for people dealing with mental health and addiction issues, racialized groups, and or those at risk of homelessness. Working in collaboration with all our partners, we’re ensuring residents of Mississauga-Streetsville have a place to call home.”
– Nina Tangri
Member of Provincial Parliament, Mississauga-Streetsville
“On behalf of Peel Regional Council, I want to thank and congratulate the government of Ontario and Indwell Community Homes for putting shovels in the ground in the Streetsville community. With housing affordability increasingly becoming out of reach for Peel residents, it is vital that we tackle the issue as a partnership with a community focus. Beyond bricks and mortar, these 40 supportive housing units will connect residents to important services and help them live independently. We look forward to seeing this community grow.”
– Nando Iannicca
Chair, Region of Peel
“We’re both humbled and grateful to have this opportunity to create new supportive affordable homes in Streetsville. I’m excited that we could engage the creativity of our team—and the neighbourhood—by incorporating both existing buildings while adding capacity to bring hope and homes to more people. Welcoming back people who previously called this neighbourhood home will be so satisfying! With broad community and government support, we can all be part of transformation.”
– Jeff Neven
Chief Executive Officer, Indwell
SOURCE Province of Ontario