CMHA Sudbury/Manitoulin is receiving more than $9 million in provincial government funding to renovate 200 Larch Street and set up a community hub model of services to benefit the community’s homeless population.
The funding for the CMHA program is part of Ontario’s Home for Good partnership program and comes from the Ministry of Housing. The goal of the community hub program is to keep clients safe, stabilize and improve their overall health status, and support them in the transition to other services and affordable housing within the community.
The community hub would include the Off the Street Low Barrier Emergency Shelter Program which the CMHA already operates at 200 Larch St, as well as a 15-bed residential managed alcohol program. The funding will also go to support a four-storey 38-unit supportive housing apartment building. Residents would be able to access support services that are offered on the main floor. Once the residents are stabilized, employees would assist residents to access permanent affordable housing.
“This investment is a welcome and significant step to improving the health and well-being of people living in poverty in our community,” said Marion Quigley, Chief Executive Officer, CMHA Sudbury/Manitoulin. “We look forward to working with the provincial and local governments to create a community hub at this site where people can improve their mental health and addictions outcomes and get access to safe and stable housing.”
The partnership for the community hub will be between CMHA, the City of Greater Sudbury and the North East Local Health Integration Network.