Published on February 26th, 2024, by Sootoday.

The equivalent of five full-time positions will have to be eliminated as a result of cuts from federal government expected in 2026, says Social Services board.

Managers at the local Social Services agency are keeping a watchful eye on an expected cut to federal funding intended to combat homelessness after being told those dollars will be slashed by more than half in 2026.

In 2019, the District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) entered into a five-year agreement with the federal government to receive funding for the Reaching Home Program, a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness across Canada.

The goal of the program is to reduce chronic homelessness in the country by 50 per cent by the year 2028.

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