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City of Ottawa not getting nearly as much federal funding as it hoped for affordable housing

It could be a big blow to to the city's overall plan to curb homelessness.
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Ottawa City Hall, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

The City of Ottawa is getting less money from the federal government than it expected to deal with its housing crisis. 

A new report, that will be presented to the city's Community and Protective Services on February 21, shows that Ottawa will only be getting $608,000 from the feds. 

That's much less than the $6.5-million the mayor asked for when he wrote to Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, in July. 

In her report, City of Ottawa General Manager, Community & Social Services Janice Burelle said this money is urgently needed to address the growing pressures on our housing and homelessness systems. 

The federal government's nine-year homelessness strategy goes into effect in April 2019. 

The city said it is not commenting on the lack of funds, or how it will affect the mayor's budget promise of $15-million towards affordable housing, until after the meeting on February 21. 

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