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  • January 15, 2018

Ontario Improving Living Spaces for People with Developmental Disabilities in Waterloo Region

Province Expanding Residential Services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

 

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January 15, 2018

 

Ontario is investing in repairs, renovations and improved living spaces at residential properties across the province that serve adults with developmental disabilities.

 

The following projects in Waterloo Region are receiving funding:

 

  • KW Habilitation is receiving $139,100 in funding.  These funds will be used towards repurposing an existing residential site to address the needs of a serious community pressure.   People requiring high complex care are in desperate need of appropriate housing and support.  This project is being designed to physically meet these challenges and to help people live a better life.

 

  • Parents for Community Living (PCL) is receiving $282,200 in funding.  These funds will allow PCL to increase its capacity for much needed permanent and respite services.  The funding will allow PCL to move 4 adults who were blocking children’s beds within the agency into permanent adult services.  It will also provide permanent service for 5 adults who were on the wait list for immediate placement and provide a permanent home for an individual who was occupying a hospital bed unnecessarily.  It will open up spots for 5 children from the community who were in need of permanent placement.  PCL is now able to increase respite beds for adults from 6 to 8 spots and help with the waitlist for children’s respite services.        

 

This investment, delivered through the Multi-Year Residential Planning Strategy, will help approximately 66 people with developmental disabilities by improving existing living spaces and creating more capacity, helping to reduce waitlists for residential services and supports across the province.

 

Residential supports for adults with developmental disabilities provide people with an accessible, safe and comfortable home and connect them to health and social services.  These supports and services also encourage people to stay active and engaged with family, friends, and their community.

 

Expanding residential supports for adults with developmental disabilities is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change.  The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

 

 

QUOTES

 

“Our government’s investment in residential supports for adults with developmental disabilities focuses on improving residential settings that serve some of the province’s most vulnerable people. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to housing for adults with developmental disabilities and we are eager to continue to work with our partners to person-centred innovative solutions to the developmental services sector in our province.”  

— Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services  

 

“This investment through the Multi-Year Residential Planning Strategy is bringing meaningful change to the developmental services sector in Waterloo Region.  I’ve seen first-hand the difference that these valuable organizations make in our community, and I know that this investment will have a significant impact on the lives of people they serve.  We will continue to make strides in supporting people with developmental disabilities in Waterloo Region.”    

— Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre

 

“This funding will make a difference in the lives of people.  People that have faced many serious challenges that can now have a home and support in their community.”      

— Ann Bilodeau, Executive Director of KW Habilitation

 

“This funding will allow Parents for Community Living to increase its capacity for much needed permanent and respite services.”

— Mary Anne Linka, Manager of Community Supports, Parents For Community Living

 

 

 

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is investing $3 million to conduct repairs and upgrades at the residential properties of developmental service providers across the province through the Multi-Year Residential Planning Strategy.
  • This investment will create additional residential capacity and improved living spaces for approximately 66 people with developmental disabilities in agencies across Ontario.
  • The Multi-Year Residential Planning strategy is being used to deliver part of the province’s $677 million investment over four years in community and developmental services as announced in Budget 2017.
  • Through the Multi-Year Residential Planning strategy, a total of $2 million has been invested since 2016/17.
  • Ontario provides funding for residential supportsfor more than 18,000 adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

 

 

 

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