Nault announces funding to benefit homelessness in Kenora

Kenora-Rainy River Member of Parliament, Bob Nault yesterday announced $145,293 in funding to help address the Aboriginal homelessness.
Kenora is one of twelve smaller urban communities throughout Ontario to benefit from the $2,051,200 agreement signed between the Government of Canada and the Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (O.F.I.F.C.) in April 2002.
“I want to commend the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC) for their ongoing commitment in addressing the needs of Aboriginal people who are homeless in communities across the province,” said Nault. “Today’s announcement will further support local efforts to combat homelessness in Kenora.”
This builds on the $1 million approved for the O.F.I.F.C. in April 2001 to address Aboriginal homelessness in small communities.
Funding is made available through the Urban Aboriginal Strategy component of the Government of Canada’s $753-million National Homelessness Initiative.
The O.F.I.F.C. has developed a community plan that identifies Aboriginal homelessness across 12 communities. These communities include Sioux Lookout, Kenora, Red Lake, Thunder Bay, Barrie, Kapuskasing, Kingston, London, North Bay, St. Catharines, Timmins, and Windsor.
“This is extremely important to the community of Kenora and the surrounding area. I cannot think of a higher priority than helping people who require assistance in acquiring a decent place to live,” concluded Nault. “This partnership with O.F.I.F.C. will help ensure that those in need have access to the services they require.”