The City of Kitchener welcomed a significant funding announcement for housing from the Province of Ontario through the Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Member of Provincial Parliament Mike Harris.  This funding will support the creation of an estimated 44 housing units by oneROOF in Kitchener for homeless people, for people with mental health or addiction issues, and for Indigenous People.

“Housing is a human right, and the City of Kitchener is committed to doing our part by working with all orders of government and community partners to deliver on that,” said City of Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “We are extremely grateful for the Province’s significant investment in oneROOF housing which will support at-risk youth because we know that early investments in young people with uncertain housing situations, experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, or living in temporary shelters often results in a lifetime of positive health and social outcomes for them as they go through life.”

The City of Kitchener’s Housing For All strategy identifies the development of oneROOF supportive housing. The City has previously approved grants and fee exemptions of over $50,000, deferred development charges of almost $290,000, and other financial support to secure land for oneROOF’s new development at 35 Sheldon Ave. N. 

“Housing supports are needed for people of all ages and backgrounds,” added Ward 10 Councillor Sarah Marsh, whose ward includes the oneROOF location. “I am pleased that the Province of Ontario, and all orders of government, are working together to invest in oneROOF to support the most vulnerable youth in our community.”

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City of Kitchener “Housing For All” strategy: 

www.kitchener.ca/housing

For more information, please contact: 

Paul Grivicic, Chief of Staff

City of Kitchener

226-749-3410

paul.grivicic@kitchener.ca

Bethany Rowland, Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing

City of Kitchener  

226-752-9038

bethany.rowland@kitchener.ca