January 30, 2018
The Governments of Canada and Ontario are providing more than $7 million to help survivors of human trafficking in Ontario through new transitional housing and rent assistance. This will help ensure that survivors have a safe place to live while they access services and supports to help them heal from trauma and rebuild their lives.
This funding will be delivered through the joint federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) agreement. In Scarborough-Guildwood, East Metro Youth Services will receive $598,500 for their rent assistance program “Safe Horizen”. This will complement the services and supports that East Metro Youth Services and the City of Toronto are providing to survivors of human trafficking with $488,691 and $885,208 respectively, through the Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund.
“Through the vital Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund, East Metro Youth Services, a local Scarborough-Guildwood community organization, can assist human-trafficking survivors attain a new lease on life. Projects like Safe Horizen will provide more than safe and affordable places to live – they will be the key to a better life for the future residents who will call them home.”
— Mitzie Hunter, MPP Scarborough-Guildwood
“Through the Ministry of Community and Social Services Anti Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund, East Metro Youth Services will extend the capacity of our Gender-Based Violence program to continue to effectively to provide survivor led initiatives within Scarborough and across the GTA.”
— Myra Levy, Director of Clinical and Professional Services, East Metro Youth Services
“The peace of mind that comes with having a secure and stable home is invaluable. These investments demonstrate our Government’s commitment toward ensuring that survivors of human trafficking are able to enjoy a safe and stable environment.”
— Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
“Ontario is committed to working with survivors, and with communities and agencies that provide critical supports to those who have been trafficked. It is so vital that survivors of human trafficking have access to the services they need, including housing so that they can heal from the trauma after leaving a life of violence and exploitation.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, Ontario’s Minister of Community and Social Services
For further information, please contact:
Office of the Hon. Mitzie Hunter
416 281 2787
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