City receives $2M in social services relief fund requests

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CORNWALL – The city’s social services department says it’s already received $2 million in requests for cash from the Social Services Relief Fund.

The $200 million fund was announced by the Ontario government last month and the City of Cornwall learned in late March it would get a little more than $4.3 million for Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SD&G) agencies.

The money is to allow agencies to respond to increased demand for services during to the coronavirus outbreak.

The city is the social services manager for the county.

In a report to council for today’s (Wednesday) meeting, Community Housing Supervisor Mellissa Morgan says the city has received half the money and more will be coming later.

“Service managers will determine local need and distribute the funding,” the report states. It’s expected the money will be handed out this week or “early May.”

There are 41 requests under review and are sorted by categories. There is $388,025 in food security, $10,000 in transportation, $102,500 in personal protective equipment and cleaning, $168,953 in technology, $245,000 in lodging, $34,350 in staffing, $160,854 in operation and $928,000 in other requests.

The grand total in asks is $2,037,682.

Today’s council meeting starts at 5 p.m.