Posted on: April 16th, 2023. By: Newmarkettoday Staff, newmarkettoday.ca, Original Article.
Two Ontario Trillium Foundation grants have helped Blue Door recover and strengthen its resources following the pandemic.
With a one-year $149,900 Resilient Communities Fund grant in 2022, Blue Door hired an executive assistant and fundraising co-ordinator to increase its financial stability and support the development of a new accessible website launching this spring, according to a Blue Door news release. The executive assistant supports Blue Door’s growing board, as well as planning for the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 through the creation of a 2023-2025 strategic plan.
An additional two-year $199,100 Resilient Communities Fund grant was awarded last summer to help Blue Door create and retain affordable housing in York Region.
To begin this work, Blue Door has first turned to its under-utilized property in Newmarket, Kevin’s Place, where a 100-year-old house sits on less than 30 per cent of the land, the news release states. Blue Door plans to redevelop the property, with the support of EllisDon Community Builders and Habitat for Humanity GTA, to create purpose-built affordable and accessible housing, effectively housing tripling the number of people.
York-Simcoe MPP Caroline Mulroney and Newmarket-Aurora MPP Dawn Gallagher Murphy visited Blue Door’s locations in Newmarket and Aurora last week to see first-hand the impact of the funding.