By Jeanne Beneteau, Northumberland News

NORTHUMBERLAND – A recent provincial funding announcement marks a significant investment in community agencies that provide essential social services to people in need across the riding, says the Northumberland – Quinte West MPP.

On March 12, on behalf of Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur, MPP Lou Rinaldi announced $577,075 in funding to be shared among social service providers County-wide. The money is part of the province’s $36.5 million dollar social services fund announced last fall as part of a greater $190 million economics package that will be used to build, renovate, maintain and repair ageing social service infrastructure across Ontario, said Mr. Rinaldi.

“This funding is going to social service agencies that provide community services to people with developmental, physical or other disabilities and to women and their children fleeing domestic violence,” he said.

Local agencies and their funding allotments include Community Living Campbellford/Brighton, $266,600 for 13 projects; Cobourg – Access Community Services, Christian Horizons, Community Living- West Northumberland, and Xeorixs Homes, $175,480 on 16 various projects; Port Hope – Access Community Service, $17,800 for two projects; Northumberland Services for Women, $41,954 for two projects.

Linda Jansen, executive director of Northumberland Services for Women, says the provincial funding is welcome news and will be used for repairs at the women’s shelter and resource centre. Projects include additional insulation to provide savings on heating costs, upgrades to security monitoring and replacement of well-worn kitchen cupboards.

“This money will help provide a warmer, cozier and safer place for woman and their children,” concludes Mr. Jansen.