COUNTIES COUNCIL AGREES TO HOUSING SUBSIDY BOOST
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.