Joint statement from Regional Chair John Henry and Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter on downtown Oshawa

Whitby, Ontario – The subsequent assertion is getting issued on behalf of John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer, and Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter:

“Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, quite a few cities and towns have witnessed an raise of mental wellness difficulties, addictions and housing requirements amongst inhabitants, though local organizations also experience supplemental unparalleled issues. In Durham Location, these troubles are specifically prevalent in the City of Oshawa.

We have acknowledged concerns from residents, Oshawa downtown organizations, corporations and readers regarding regarding actions in the downtown, homelessness, psychological well being and addictions, as perfectly as economic development concerns straight connected to these complex difficulties, and that far more action is necessary. The Regional Municipality of Durham—which is accountable for social services, group housing, community overall health and law enforcement services—is partnering with the Town of Oshawa to tackle these advanced social problems.

We are doing work diligently to ensure all people really feel risk-free and supported and have convened a senior staff members Process Pressure to handle the quick problems occurring in downtown Oshawa. This Job Drive is made up of reps from Durham Area Social Expert services, Durham Location Wellbeing Division, Durham Regional Police Company (DRPS), Lakeridge Wellbeing and the Metropolis of Oshawa.

The Undertaking Force is at this time reviewing the concentrated assist expert services provided by the Location and local community associates pinpointing gaps and duplication of products and services and having steps to enable all involved. As a initially phase, we are producing a Group Code of Carry out for recipients of guidance expert services and producing a Avenue Outreach and Encampment Strategy for Durham Location.

Other quick steps incorporate:

  • Prioritizing road, park and non-public assets clear up.
  • Working carefully with Lakeridge Well being on habit and treatment products and services via a avenue outreach staff.
  • Developing an up-to-date neighborhood opioid reaction prepare, like reviewing needle distribution.
  • Continuing DRPS proactive presence.
  • Proactive enforcement of home specifications by-legal guidelines.
  • Performing with neighborhood businesses to strengthen our determination to staying a housing-centered group by growing housing initially initiatives.
  • Supporting the Town of Oshawa’s get the job done with corporations and inhabitants.
  • Regular updates on our collective steps taken to conclusion serious homelessness in Durham by 2024.
  • Reviewing guidance providers made available by the Region and group partners to discover company gaps.

The City and the Location have been addressing these one of a kind problems, which includes allocating funding, resources and staffing. The City and the Region have fulfilled and continue on to meet individually with people and enterprises to provide guidance and advocate on their behalf with regards to their well being and basic safety concerns.

Preparing is underway at the Metropolis to produce a revitalization system for downtown Oshawa and to go on increasing community art and civic delight initiatives. The Area options to open the Oshawa Micro-Properties Pilot Job and finish its Community Basic safety and Effectively-Getting Plan to address priority danger elements with procedures and measurable results.

In addition, the Mayor’s Process Pressure on Neighborhood Basic safety, Stability and Well-Becoming was fashioned to establish and suggest alternatives to deal with community protection, safety and properly-currently being challenges facing the Metropolis of Oshawa.

These initiatives will construct on the get the job done that the Region is previously undertaking to assistance people enduring homelessness. This year, we have helped build much more than 100 new housing prospects for our By-Identify List and are on keep track of to exceed that sum in the coming year. In addition, the Main Treatment Outreach Plan (PCOP) provides ongoing health-related aid and mental well being counselling to much more than 440 consumers across the region yearly.

The Area works alongside municipalities, the province and the federal governing administration to make certain that Durham Region continues to increase, and our citizens and companies continue on to prosper. As this kind of, the Area and the Metropolis are engaging provincial and federal representatives to support advocate for added support mainly because these elaborate issues simply cannot be addressed by municipalities alone—we need to have potent associates.

The Region and the Metropolis have named on all federal social gathering leaders and Durham Location candidates this federal election the Minister of Community Safety and Unexpected emergency Preparedness, Invoice Blair the Premier and provincial representatives to tour downtown Oshawa. The function of the tour is to obtain a better knowledge of the complexity of homelessness, psychological health and dependancy and the affect on our group. The Area and the Town of Oshawa have presented to co-ordinate the excursions in September and get the job done alongside one another on constructive options, as this can’t be solved with no assist and course from our federal and provincial companions.

We are a Area that stands with all of our communities when faced with problems. We will make certain our communities are healthful, secure and satisfied for all.”

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Quick Points

  • The Regional Municipality of Durham’s Social Companies Division has 6 divisions dedicated to offering specialist and high-top quality solutions. Quite a few residents will have to have one or extra of these providers at some issue in their existence. Our department’s concepts of treatment, excellence, understanding and management are the foundation of our packages and companies.
  • Durham’s Homelessness Aid & Coordinated Obtain Process is a collective of companies and support products and services that function with each other to assist tackle and do away with boundaries to accessibility risk-free and economical housing. The Coordinated Entry Method assists people enduring homelessness to accessibility expert services based mostly on their individualized needs the alternate is aiding on a 1st-arrive, very first-served foundation, which suggests these equipped to superior navigate the assistance technique get aid first, not automatically people who require it most.
  • The Region’s By-Title Checklist is a checklist of persons, by name, who are encountering homelessness in Durham. This record presents access to true-time facts to help far better address peoples’ demands and track milestones on the journey to ending homelessness. The By-Identify Listing was created as part of the Canadian Alliance to Conclude Homelessness’s Crafted for Zero Canada campaign, which is a country-broad energy to stop serious homelessness.
  • Shelters in Durham area are housing-concentrated, which indicates they are concentrated on helping people today go from homelessness to housing as speedily as maybe by supporting persons with their housing designs.
  • Durham Region’s Master Housing Strategy aims to enhance affordability and access to housing, though highlighting priorities in At Residence in Durham, the Durham Housing Plan 2014-2024. Priorities include things like economical lease, bigger housing option, powerful and vibrant neighbourhoods and ending persistent homelessness.
  • Durham Area helped build much more than 100 new housing options in 2021 for our By-Name Record by increasing profitable products and including new Housing-Initially Groups across Durham, developing new spaces from cash projects specific to aid Durham’s Coordinated Obtain Program, and launching the Landlord Engagement pilot to increase partnerships and support for landlords renting to customers from Durham’s By-Name Listing.
  • From January to May perhaps 2021, the Region’s solutions and supports helped 577 individuals with eviction prevention and served 556 folks locate housing.
  • Durham Area gained $10.3 million in funding as a result of the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) – Metropolitan areas Stream to produce an approximated 41 new cost-effective homes for people today and families. These housing models will help Canadians who are in unsure housing circumstances, dealing with or at-risk of homelessness, or dwelling in momentary shelters simply because of the pandemic.


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