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B.C. government introduces fund to boost homelessness response

VICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government has committed $100 million in grants to address the impacts of home…

VICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government has committed $100 million in grants to address the impacts of homelessness, support people, and strengthen community health and safety.

Local governments and Treaty First Nations can apply for grants under the new Strengthening Communities’ Services Program.

Funds can be dispersed for projects like:

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities is administering the program on behalf of the province. UBCM will accept applications until April 16th, 2021. Approvals are expected in spring 2021.

UBCM president Brian Fenkel says homelessness is a reality across British Columbia.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the existing services for people who are unhoused have been sorely challenged by the need to deliver services in compliance with health and safety orders. This new program will provide much-needed funding to support the adaptation and innovation of service delivery to better meet current needs. UBCM was pleased to work with the province on the program’s design and the development of program materials to support this launch,” said Frenkel.

Interested local governments and Treaty First Nations should submit their application for funding through the UBCM website.

 

 

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