Skip to main content

Orillia closing in on location for new transitory housing program


The City of Orillia is getting closer to determining where a new temporary supportive rapid rehousing program (SRRP) will set up shop.

On Monday, councillors narrowed down the options to host the facility for the new program to two potential locations: 175 West Street South and 66 Peter Street South. It will be modelled after a similar operation on Rose Street in Barrie.

Unlike a traditional shelter providing emergency support, the SRRP will be transitory, helping them find a home and job. It will also have counselling services available.

A working group of four councillors selected the two finalist sites, who considered public feedback and various criteria.

The final location will be selected over the coming weeks, with staff hoping to have it operational at some point this Spring.

Last month, councillors approved up to $100,000 in funding and committed to waving property tax commitments for the facility.

The program is based on the model of the shelter on Rose Street in Barrie. According to the City of Orillia, that shelter has led to 18 clients, 90 per cent of the participants, quickly finding permanent housing.

With files from CTV's Rob Cooper Top Stories


BREAKING Toronto Raptors player Jontay Porter banned from NBA

Toronto Raptors player Jontay Porter has been handed a lifetime ban from The National Basketball Association (NBA) following an investigation which found he disclosed confidential information to sports bettors, the league says.

Earthquake jolts southern Japan

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 hit southern Japan late on Wednesday, said the Japan Meteorological Agency, without issuing a tsunami warning.

Ancient skeletons unearthed in France reveal Mafia-style killings

More than 5,500 years ago, two women were tied up and probably buried alive in a ritual sacrifice, using a form of torture associated today with the Italian Mafia, according to an analysis of skeletons discovered at an archeological site in southwest France.

Stay Connected