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A community health organization in Guelph is excited about receiving $9 million in funding for projects from Ontario’s 2024 budget. The Guelph Community Health Centre has been advocating for adequate funding to run specialized health services needed by the community. One of the projects receiving funding is 10 Shelldale, a supportive housing project being constructed next to the Shelldale Community Centre, in which the Guelph Community Health Centre is a partner. This funding will be used towards the operation of the project, which will provide 32 new units and enhance specialized health services for three other housing projects in Guelph, benefiting an additional 76 people.

Melissa Kwiatkowski, CEO of the Guelph Community Health Centre, expressed gratitude for the support received from various community partners, especially the provincial government and Health Minister Sylvia Jones, for recognizing housing as a crucial aspect of health care. Research has shown that programs like the ones funded by the government can improve the quality of life for residents and the overall community. Kristin Kerr, CEO of Stonehenge Therapeutic Community, another partner of the 10 Shelldale project, also expressed appreciation for the funding, noting that it will make a meaningful difference in the Guelph community. Construction on 10 Shelldale is expected to be completed by June 2024.

The funding from the Ontario government’s 2024 budget will not only support the 10 Shelldale project but will also enhance specialized health services for other housing projects in Guelph. The Guelph Community Health Centre is dedicated to providing the necessary services to improve the well-being of the local community. By recognizing housing as a form of healthcare, the government is taking steps to address the broader social determinants of health that impact individuals and communities. The additional funding will enable the Guelph Community Health Centre to expand its reach and provide essential services to more people in need.

The 10 Shelldale project, which is a partnership between various organizations including the Guelph Community Health Centre and Stonehenge Therapeutic Community, aims to provide supportive housing to individuals in Guelph. The project will not only create 32 new units but will also offer enhanced specialized health services to residents. By investing in initiatives like 10 Shelldale, the government is investing in the health and well-being of the community as a whole. By improving access to housing and healthcare services, the project will have a positive impact on the quality of life for residents and contribute to the overall health of the Guelph community.

Overall, the $9 million in funding from Ontario’s 2024 budget will have a significant impact on the Guelph community by supporting projects like 10 Shelldale and enhancing specialized health services for other housing projects. The Guelph Community Health Centre and its partners are grateful for the funding, which will allow them to continue providing vital services to those in need. By recognizing the importance of housing in healthcare and investing in initiatives that address social determinants of health, the government is taking proactive steps to improve the well-being of individuals and communities in Guelph. The completion of the 10 Shelldale project in June 2024 will mark a significant milestone in the effort to provide supportive housing and health services to the residents of Guelph.

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