County of Simcoe getting millions of dollars from the province to protect region’s most vulnerable

Some of the additional cash will be used to support operation of motels were homeless are being housed

The Ontario government has announced an additional $3.4 million in phase 2 of the Social Services Relief funding to support vulnerable people in Simcoe County during COVID-19.

The County handles the local social services portfolio for the region with financial support from the cities of Barrie and Orillia.

Today’s announcement is on top of the 2.4 million the County received during Phase 1 of the relief funding back in April.

The new money will be used to support ongoing operating of motels, support to the Home Horizon Youth Transitional Housing project in Collingwood, and additional rent relief in the County.

The majority of shelter services in Barrie, Orillia and the County moved their residents experiencing homelessness into motels in the spring where social distancing protocols are easier to follow and maintain.

The funds can also be used for food costs and transportation.

The extra funding on Monday was a joint announcement from area MPPs including Doug Downey, Andrea Khanjin, Jill Dunlop and Caroline Mulroney.

The cash is part of the government’s $510 million province-wide investment to help protect the health and safety of Ontario’s most vulnerable people.