THOMPSON, Manitba, March 12, 2004 — Three major upgrading projects will create 106 units of rehabilitated, affordable housing in Thompson thanks to over $964,000 in funding from the Governments of Canada and Manitoba under two programs: the Affordable Housing Initiative and the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP).
Rehabilitation funding under RRAP will bring the existing 30 to 35 year old apartment buildings up to basic health and safety standards with structural repairs and upgrades to the fire, health and safety components.
The announcement was made today by the Honourable Reg Alcock, President of the Treasury Board, and the Honourable Christine Melnick, Minister of Manitoba Family Services and Housing. The total project costs of $1,045,000 also include the project owner's contribution.
"The federal commitment, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), for affordable housing projects, such as the three in Thompson, will ensure innovative and effective approaches to addressing housing needs throughout the province", said Minister Alcock. "Partnership projects benefit those in our society who need it most."
"Building on the successful project at Laval Place, once these latest projects are completed we will have improved over 140 units of affordable housing in Thompson", said Minister Melnick. "We are committed to the revitalization of the city through effective partnerships between Canada, Manitoba and local community groups. Across Manitoba, more than 2,200 units of affordable housing have been either constructed, rehabilitated or repaired in the past four years."
The three projects being supported through the Canada-Manitoba Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI) or RRAP are:
The project owners fund the balance of the costs.
"We are pleased to be part of this effective partnership", said Gary Lewis, President of the Thompson Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation. "The support announced today will create much-needed neighbourhood improvements and the projects funded were identified as a result of local residents collaborating on local needs."
The governments of Canada and Manitoba have each contributed $25.4 million to the Canada-Manitoba Affordable Housing Initiative to preserve and increase the stock 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.
CMHC and Manitoba Family Services and Housing are working co-operatively with the Thompson Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation to revitalize housing in the city.
John B. Thorpe
Communications Services Manitoba
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Government of Canada
Government of Manitoba