THUNDER BAY, ON ---- April 26, 2013 ----- The City of Thunder Bay's Safe Homes Program provided immediate assistance to over 400 flooded homes by replacing hot water tanks and furnaces, as well as providing extensive clean-up to make basements habitable and safe.
The Hon. Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, along with the Hon. Michael Gravelle and MPP Bill Mauro met with Mayor Keith Hobbs, Councillor Joe Virdiramo and members of the Disaster Relief Committee (DRC) today to announce they are providing $4 million in support towards the City’s Safe Homes Program. The city will absorb the remaining $200,000 spent on Safe Homes, according to Mayor Hobbs.
“I commend Minister Jeffrey for recognizing this program and for continuing to work with us,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “We appreciate her commitment, as well as the continued efforts from Michael Gravelle and Bill Mauro to ensure that flood victims are taken care of.”
The Province will also continue to work with the city and the DRC to re-examine the eligible claims for flood damage and maximize the returns under the ODRAP guidelines.
“It was a very fruitful meeting and we look forward to continuing our work with the Province,” said Councillor Joe Virdiramo, Chair of the Inter-Governmental Affairs Committee. “Nearly 11 months after the flood, we are still working to make sure that every dollar possible goes to the flood victims.”
Interim payments for eligible claims will be distributed starting on April 29.