Another $2.2 million in COVID-19 funding coming to help Lambton’s emergency shelters

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The province is sending another $2,278,922 to Lambton County to help deal with the impact of COVID-19 on emergency shelters.

In a news release, Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Baily says the money can be used to acquire motel and hotel rooms so existing shelters can provide physical distancing for their clients. They can also hire more shelter staff, purchase personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies and increase the funding in the rent and utility banks to help prevent people from becoming homeless.

The money comes as the Inn of the Good Shepherd deals with an outbreak at its Sarnia facility.

Since Feb. 24, six shelter residents and three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. The shelter hasn’t been accepting new clients since then.

“The County of Lambton has made it clear that COVID-19 has created a critical situation for the homeless and those who are at risk of becoming homeless,” say Bailey. “The providers of shelter, food and other necessities of life have been stretched to the brink, so this financial boost will help ensure that support gets to the vulnerable people who need it most in our community, while protecting them against COVID-19.”

Monte McNaughton, MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex hopes the funding will provide much needed help for the most vulnerable.

The province has provided another $255 million to social services throughout the province today.