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Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton offering incentives to landlords for winter homelessness response

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Kawartha Lakes – With the snow and cold weather fast approaching, the City of Kawartha Lakes is looking to partner with landlords in Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton to help those who are homeless.

The City is offering landlords with vacant apartments a variety of supports and incentives, including:

  • Funding to help prepare the unit for move-in
  • Tenant choice
  • Last month’s rent guarantee
  • Two month’s of pre-paid rent
  • Assistance with financial issues that may arise (e.g. rent arrears)
  • Compensation for damages that are beyond regular wear and tear
  • Monthly check-ins with landlords
  • Weekly (at minimum) check-ins with tenants

In September, the City lead a homelessness enumeration exercise that aimed at finding people experiencing homelessness. Trained volunteers and staff surveyed 80 individuals and families experiencing homelessness across Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton. Many of those surveyed were already connected to the homelessness system.

In total, there are currently more than 150 households homeless in the area, including vulnerable groups such as:

Kawartha Lakes

  • 23 families
  • 10 seniors
  • 13 youth
  • 24 households who are unsheltered and currently outside, sleeping in a vehicle, or seasonal trailer

County of Haliburton

  • 15 families
  • 7 seniors
  • 7 youth
  • 10 households who are unsheltered and currently outside, sleeping in a vehicle, or seasonal trailer

“The number of individuals and families who are currently sleeping outside or in vehicles is significantly higher than what we have previously experienced,” says Michelle Corley, Manager of Housing. “Instead of opening cold-weather shelter services that inevitably put people back on the street by springtime, the municipality and community partners want these households to find permanent housing. Housing is the only solution to homelessness.”

Whether you have a vacant unit or have one coming available soon, together we can help end homelessness. For more details and to complete our online form, please visit kawarthalakes.ca/housing.

For more information, please contact:

Kawartha Lakes:

Robbie Tully

rtully@kawarthalakes.ca

705-324-9870 extension 3237

County of Haliburton:

Jessica Little

705-324-9870 extension 3427

jlittle@kawarthalakes.ca

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