COUNTIES COUN­CIL AGREES TO HOUSING SUBSIDY BOOST

Le Reflet (The News) - - ACTUALITÉS • NEWS - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

Lo­cal ope­ra­tors of sub­si­di­zed housing in the Pres­cott-Rus­sell re­gion will get a bit of ex­tra fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion for their ser­vices.

The Uni­ted Counties of Pres­cott-Rus­sell coun­cil (UCPR) ap­pro­ved a re­com­men­da­tion from ad­mi­nis­tra­tion for a one-dol­lar in­crease, in the per diem subsidy that do­mi­ci­lia­ry hos­tel ope­ra­tors re­ceive from the counties, for each per­son li­ving in a de­si­gna­ted sub­si­di­zed housing unit.

of the Pres­cott-Rus­sell Pri­vate Re­si­dence As­so­cia­tion (PRPRA) pre­sen­ted counties coun­cil with the subsidy in­crease re­quest, du­ring the May 9 com­mit­tee of the whole ses­sion. The PRPRA as­ked for a $1.50 in­crease in the per diem.

The as­so­cia­tion re­pre­sents 34 ope­ra­tors of sub­si­di­zed housing fa­ci­li­ties in the re­gion, whose clients are most­ly se­niors and others li­ving on fixed in­comes. The per diem subsidy pro­vi­ded through the counties so­cial ser­vices de­part­ment helps co­ver the cost of rent and ser­vices for the clients.

the main rea­son for the subsidy in­crease re­quest is be­cause of the new mi­ni­mum wage rates for On­ta­rio, which took ef­fect in­crease would mean PRPRA mem­bers might have to look at ei­ther cuts to some of the ser­vices for their clients, or a ren­tal rate in­crease to deal with their own in­crea­sed operation costs.

Anne Comtois-La­londe, UCPR di­rec­tor for so­cial ser­vices, told coun­cil that a one­dol­lar in­crease to the per diem would be «rea­so­nable» wi­thin the li­mits of her de­part­ment’s 2018 operation bud­get. The UCPR and PRPRA could then meet for la­ter dis­cus­sions about in­clu­ding a fur­ther fif­ty-cent in­crease to the per diem in the 2019 bud­get.

Counties coun­cil ac­cep­ted Comtois-La­londe’s sug­ges­tion for a one­dol­lar in­crease to the PRPRA, per diem for its mem­bers, with the in­crease ta­king ef­fect this Ju­ly. But first, coun­cil has to pass a re­so­lu­tion au­tho­ri­zing the in­crease, du­ring its re­gu­lar ses­sion la­ter in May.

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