L’ORIGNAL — The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) is proud to announce the distribution of a first wave of funding, in the amount of $1,071,137, to assist the most vulnerable residents in our community.
Among the organizations receiving funding are La Maison Interlude, Prescott-Russell Community Services, several food banks, Prescott-Russell Victim Services, the Canadian Mental Health Association, residential shelters, Valoris, non-profit housing corporations, and charitable organizations that provide food security assistance.
The UCPR Social Services have also set aside temporary accommodation spaces to allow people affected by COVID-19 to isolate themselves and prevent the spread.
“In partnership with United Way East Ontario, the UCPR Social Services Department consulted with various agencies to target those supporting the most vulnerable people in our communities,” explained Sylvie Millette, Director of Social Services with the UCPR. “This Social Needs Table, composed of several community organizations, met virtually to disseminate this information.”
The distribution of funds, by category, is as follows:
- Emergency Shelter Solutions: $214,917 for the use of motel rooms to provide shelter for those in crisis and who need to self-isolate to prevent the spread of COVID-19;
- Housing with Related Supports: $360,000 for community housing (non-profits), Residential Services Homes and transitional housing with supports;
- Services and Supports: $459,000 for protective equipment, food and supplies by food banks and other similar agencies, transportation costs, community outreach to support seniors in self-isolation, etc.;
- Homeless Prevention: a reserve is in place for rent bank and emergency energy funds.
“The COVID-19 crisis has required a new approach to delivering our services, particularly for our most vulnerable residents, and this allocation from the Province has been vital to support the critical work of our Social Services staff and our community partners in responding to the needs of at-risk community members during COVID-19,” stated UCPR Warden Pierre Leroux.
“The health and well-being of the entire Prescott and Russell community remains our top priority. We appreciate the Province’s partnership in ensuring supports are place to protect our vulnerable residents during this unprecedented period,” added Warden Leroux.
In late March, the provincial government announced a $200-million Social Services Relief Fund in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The purpose of this fund is to assist Service Managers and their partners to respond to increased demands for services and supports. The investment allows communities to expand a wide range of services and supports for vulnerable populations, based on local need, so they can better respond to this emergency.