MMAH Background Information:
Dedicated Supportive Housing
- In response to an early recommendation of the Task Force on
Homelessness, the province will fund 80 per cent of domiciliary
hostel costs, with municipalities funding the remaining 20 per cent.
- This decision is expected to save municipalities more than $14
million in 1998.
- The government will review domiciliary hostels in the context of
housing for people with special needs.
- Domiciliary hostels are permanent residences for
people with special needs. The hostel operators have entered into
agreements with the municipality and receive a per diem to provide
residents with permanent accommodation and some supports to daily
living. Residents are people with special needs including:
individuals with developmental disabilities, people with mental
health problems, frail elderly individuals and people with addiction
problems. Unlike emergency hostels, domiciliary hostels are
permanent homes for their residents.
- Tenants in supportive housing and domiciliary hostels will not be
affected by these decisions. They will still have the same
relationship to the service provider and landlord as they have
always had, and they will receive the same services.
- These changes will not affect the money available to
municipalities through the Community Reinvestment Fund.
- The changes are retroactive to January 1, 1998. This means that:
- previous cost estimates for social housing will be reduced by
the appropriate amount for dedicated supportive housing in the
- municipalities will be reimbursed for 80 per cent of
domiciliary hostel costs for 1998 at the end of the year