Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 11 a.m.
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.
Nicole Normand (see photo) and Normand Tremblay of the Prescott-Russell Private Residence Association (PRPRA) presented counties council with a request for the subsidy increase during the Wednesday session.
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.
Nicole Normand told counties council that the main reason for the subsidy increase request is because of the new minimum wage rates for Ontario which took effect earlier this year. Not getting the per diem 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.
The per diem increase would take effect in July but first requires council to pass a resolution during its regular session later in May.