MMAH Release: June 12, 1998
Province assumes responsibility for special
The province will assume approximately $54 million in costs for dedicated supportive
housing and domiciliary hostels across Ontario, rather than devolving them to
municipalities. Both of these types of housing serve individuals with special needs
including: individuals with developmental disabilities, people with mental illness, frail
elderly individuals and people with addiction problems.
"The province is committed to meeting the housing requirements of people with
special needs," said Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Al Leach. "This
decision helps the government provide integrated administration of housing and support
services. At the same time municipalities will have lower housing costs."
The province will retain 100 per cent of the costs of dedicated supportive housing,
rather than transferring it to municipalities as part of the provincial-municipal
realignment of services. This will save municipalities approximately $40 million annually
province-wide. It will also streamline the administration of dedicated supportive housing
by providing single-source funding.
Municipalities will save a further $14 million with the province's decision to resume
funding 80 per cent of the costs of domiciliary hostels. This is in response to an early
recommendation of the province's Task Force on Homelessness.
"Our recommendation is based on what we heard from providers, advocates and
municipalities," said Jack Carroll, MPP, Chair of the Task Force. "The province
is committed to assessing the levels of service provided to domiciliary hostel clients as
part of a broader review of approaches that will most effectively meet the housing
requirements of clients with special needs."
This change is retroactive to January 1, 1998, and will not affect the money available
to municipalities through the Community Reinvestment Fund.
For more information call:
Housing Policy Branch
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing