As anticipated, the government has announced another 2 weeks of lockdown until June 2nd.
As the pandemic continues, we are seeing rising housing costs as a gap in our social safety net. A strong argument is being made that increasing support directed at housing costs would go a long way to close a critical gap.
When it comes to jobs, debt and housing, Canada’s economic trajectory has split into two, data shows. It’s what economists refer to as a “K-shaped” recovery. The rich are getting richer, the poor getting poorer. There is a risk that the longer the economic recovery takes more people will fall off the upper arm of the “K”.
And the majority of those would probably be women, who are both more likely to work in pandemic-sensitive jobs and more likely to have to stop or scale back working if schools remain closed.
- The Ontario government is supporting the creation of a First Nations Economic Growth and Prosperity Table (Prosperity Table) to help support economic advancement and well-being of Indigenous communities.
- Giiwe Circles: the video of the Rural Communities Ending Poverty workshop at the End of Poverty Summit (Tamarack) at 19:23 mins features Diane Giroux and Carlos Sanchez-Pimienta.
- Emergency Shelter: since Jan 2021, YMCA housing has provided 3,279 nights of shelter for 474 people. The program is funded by Grey County and Bruce County. Grey County has seen a 500% cost increase for emergency housing under the pandemic.
- Bruce County Home Repair Program is taking applications now. If you have a home valued at $340,000.00 or less and your income is $75,000.00 per year or less, you can apply for a forgivable loan up to $15,000.00.
- Grey County Ontario Renovates: house limits at $250,000 (they use MPAC for house values which tend to be lower) and income of $60,000 (slightly flexible).
- Saugeen Shores Attainable Housing: a new townhouse development in Port Elgin will include 22 secondary units. The Council bylaw has approved the project to encourage more affordable housing.
- Reaching Home Funding contribution-type funding is available under the Community Capacity and Innovation (CCI) component. This is a funding component of Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy .Organizations can request a contribution of $ 100,000 to $ 600,000 over 3 years. The deadline is June 11, 2021.
- Grey County Housing and Homelessness Plan Update 2021: was presented to Grey County Council today.
- Rising market rents and a low vacancy rate have made finding affordable housing difficult for those in low income brackets.
- According to Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the average market rent in Grey County for a one bedroom is $817 a month. Across Grey County a one-bedroom ranges from $800-$1250 a month, often without the inclusion of utilities.
- There are 620 Grey County residents on the Grey County Housing Waitlist, 74 with no current address, 27 Bruce County residents and 192 residents from outside Grey County for a total of 913 applicants.
- In 2020, the Affordable Housing Task Force was created and an Action Plan for creating affordable housing units was developed.
- Grey Bruce Community Food Program list has been updated for May 2021.
- Food Safety webinar: Second Harvest is offering a free webinar on food safety in the non-profit sector on June 2, 2021 at 1:30 pm. Register here.
- Foodthoughts.ca continues to profile community food programs, provide best practices and tools for community food programs.
- Keeping Not-For-Profits Connected During COVID19: Salvation Army Owen Sound and OSHaRE continue to offer surplus food to Grey Bruce food banks and community meal programs. This is food obtained through FeedOntario, Canada Food Banks, Foodrescue or other bulk donations.
- Feeding Families, Restaurant Relief continues to expand. This is a win/win for restaurants and our community! Please spread the word. Businesses and restaurants can find more info and forms here to sign up for the program.
- Bruce County Master Transportation Plan Study: Bruce County is undertaking a Master Transportation Plan (MTP) Study to create a safe and reliable transportation system. The 2nd online presentation and survey can be found at www.brucecounty.on.ca/mtp until May 21, 2021.
- Greyhound Buses: it was announced today that the bus line will stop operating in Canada.
- Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program: the government announced new eligibility thresholds for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program and the Seniors Co-Payment Program to allow more seniors to have access to dental care and affordable prescription medications.
- Starting August 1st, 2021, eligibility thresholds for both programs will be updated to reflect cost of living increases in Ontario and align with income support programs for seniors.
- Income thresholds will be updated for single Ontarians aged 65 and over, from $19,300 to $22,200, and for couples with a combined annual income, from $32,300 to $37,100.
- National Dental Program: doctors are calling for a national program that would meet the gaps in existing services.
- 1 in 5 Canadians don’t go to the dentist because of the cost.
- 1/3 of Canadians do not have dental insurance to cover part of the cost. (Statistics Canada)
- Last week, during a federal debate over an NDP motion for a national dental-care program, there was support to carry out a parliamentary study to fully understand the data on unmet dental care needs at a national level.
Stay well, Jill