Despite promises from the previous provincial government to increase funding levels for homelessness prevention, the current Progressive Conservative government has opted to freeze Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) funding at last year’s levels.

That leaves the County of Simcoe scrambling to make up the difference.

On Tuesday at county’s committee of the whole meeting, councillors voted to make up the difference by cost-sharing the $551,000 required to bridge the gap with the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia.