October 21, 2019
Niagara Falls city council will receive a staff report Tuesday recommending politicians consider allocating funding for a homeless shelter through a grant process in the 2020 budget.
Staff is recommending the city work with Niagara Region, which provides homeless services through third-party contracts, and existing providers to secure appropriate shelter for the homeless.
“It is recommended, in light of Niagara Region’s responsibility as the homeless-service system manager, that the city, rather than taking on the operation of a shelter itself, should work with Niagara Region to address local needs,” it reads. “While Niagara Region works to address homeless pressures in Niagara, it has been noted provincial and federal funding is well below the levels provided to comparative cities. Accordingly, pressure should be brought to bear on the ministries to increase the funding provided to Niagara Region.”