The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) says they will be providing emergency relief funding to those in need.
Officials say the funding, to the tune of $881,452, will be sent throughout the community to help manage the effects of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable.
A survey was sent around to community agencies by DNSSAB, which identified food, personal protective equipment (PPE), housing supports and homelessness shelter supports are the top four priorities. Organizations who reached out with requests by April 16 resulted in $1.2 million in funding requests.
Officials say they moved to get $85,400, with payments of $5,000 to 20 organizations in the food and meal distribution and PPE sectors. The additional funds were dispersed to organizations throughout the area including:
- AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Bay and District
- Community Living Mattawa
- Community Living West Nipissing
- Community Resource Centre (Killaloe) Inc. – CRC
- Crisis Centre North Bay
- LIPI – Low Income People Involvement of Nipissing
- Mattawa and Area Food Bank
- Mattawa Women’s Resource Centre
- Nipissing First Nation
- Nipissing First Nation-True Self Debwewendizwin Program
- Nipissing Mental Health Housing and Support Services
- North Bay Food Bank
- North Bay Friendship Centre
- St. Andrews United Church
- Temagami Food Bank
- The Gathering Place, North Bay’s Community Soup Kitchen
- The Salvation Army Community and Family Services North Bay
- West Nipissing Community Health Centre
- West Nipissing Foodbank
“The North Bay Food Bank is grateful for this funding to help us during this time of food insecurity and uncertainty for our clients, only enhanced by a COVID-19 environment,” says Debbie Marson, Executive Director, North Bay Food Bank. “With an increasing need for support, we appreciate the funding which allows sustainability of the levels of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items for our city’s most vulnerable population.”
“While we are very grateful for the SSRF and Reaching Home funding from the provincial and federal government, it’s clear that the need surpasses the funds available. The DNSSAB will continue to seek additional funding to lessen the hardship for organizations delivering support services during this pandemic crisis,” says DNSSAB Chair Mark King.
The money comes from two major supports, with $589,200 from the Social Services Emergency Relief Funding from the provincial government. The federal government provided the additional $292,252 through Reaching Home.