Muslim Welfare Canada has received government funding of almost $1.2 million for homelessness prevention.
The funds will go into the Muslim Welfare Residences location on Dundas Street in Whitby, east of Garden Street. Officials are looking to set up 26 new transitional and supportive housing units in a converted motel for women who are either experiencing homelessness or at risk.
The federal government pledged around $4-million in funds for a pair of affordable housing projects in Durham Region.
The remaining funds will go into the Oshawa micro-homes pilot project, which is nearing completion.
“Everyone deserves a roof over their head and a safe place to call home,” said Whitby MP Ryan Turnbull in a statement. “Today’s announcement […] will have a huge impact on our most vulnerable citizens who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of being homeless. The availability of affordable housing is scarce in our region. These new homes will make a difference in ending the cycle of homelessness and protecting the most vulnerable.”
“Affordable, accessible and suitable housing is essential for healthy communities, and strong and vibrant Region of Durham neighbourhoods,” said Whitby MPP Lorne Coe in a statement. “It underpins the quality of life for people in Durham, at every stage of their lives. I look forward to continued collaboration with local Durham communities, and the Federal Government as together we ensure that Durham Region continues to be a safe, healthy, caring, inclusive community that will be sustainable for future generations.”