BRANDON, Manitoba, January 20, 2004 - Brandon's downtown will soon have 47 new apartments for families with low and moderate-incomes bringing the total revitalized housing units in the city to more than 500, thanks to the support of the governments of Canada and Manitoba.
The Honourable John Harvard, Charleswood St. James-Assiniboia MP, on behalf of the Honourable Andy Scott, Minister of State (Infrastructure) and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); and Brandon East MLA Drew Caldwell, on behalf of the Honourable Christine Melnick, Minister of Manitoba Family Services and Housing; today announced $310,000 in support from the Canada-Manitoba Affordable Housing Initiative will be combined with a contribution from the project owner for total project costs of over $3.7 million.
"The Government of Canada is pleased to have been and will continue to be part of the revitalization of the City of Brandon," said Harvard. "Finding solutions to housing needs requires the support of the community and of local developers. Together we can find successful community-based solutions to housing needs and build strong healthy communities."
"I am thrilled that, thanks to the fine efforts of community-based groups like the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation, we have surpassed 500 new and improved units of housing," said Caldwell. "There is still a long road ahead but we have made excellent progress on our goals of strengthening families and building better communities."
The project is located at 1400 Pacific Ave. where a 47-unit apartment building is being constructed that includes 16 three-bedroom suites, 23 two-bedroom and eight one-bedroom units. The new building will have 31 apartments for rent by low and moderate-income individuals or families. In addition, Manitoba Rent Supplement Program assistance will be available on five units where rents will be based on a family's income. This helps ensure people in need, including Employment and Income Assistance participants, can find adequate and suitable housing.
This latest support marks the investment of over $17 million to construct and renovate 532 units of housing in downtown Brandon since April 2000.
"Today is a significant milestone in the revitalization of Brandon's downtown and it is gratifying to look back on all the progress," said Mike Abbey, Chair of the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation. "Working together with the governments of Canada and Manitoba, we are confident we will be able to meet the increasing demand for safe and affordable housing in our community."
The governments of Canada and Manitoba will each contribute $25.4 million to the Affordable Housing Initiative over five years, to increase the supply of affordable housing in Manitoba. It is anticipated that contributions from municipalities, the private and voluntary sectors, co-operatives and charities will significantly increase the scope of this initiative in Manitoba.
Funding under the Canada-Manitoba Affordable Housing Initiative flows through provincially designed programs that support new rental housing and homeownership opportunities and the rehabilitation or conversion of existing housing. As well, $6 million will be dedicated to housing in remote areas.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Manitoba Family Services and Housing are working co-operatively with the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation to revitalize housing in the Brandon core area.
Assistance for Revitalized and Renovated Housing in Brandon Surpasses 500 Units
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