NEEPAWA, Manitoba, October 15, 2004 — An upgrading project in Neepawa at 440 Mountain View to improve apartment units for low-income households is being supported with funding of over $77,600 from the Governments of Canada and Manitoba under the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP).
The funding for the project will upgrade six, one-bedroom apartments in a 105 year old building to meet basic health and safety standards at a total cost of $124,159, which includes the project owner's contribution.
The announcement was made today by the Honourable Reg Alcock, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing, and the Honourable Christine Melnick, Minister of Manitoba Family Services and Housing.
"RRAP is a key program in the Government of Canada's housing strategy which helps revitalize communities across the country," said Minister Alcock. "Through these partnerships, we can make our communities safe, secure, thus ensuring that the quality of life in Canada is the best it can be, particularly for the residents of Neepawa."
"I am pleased that we can support this needed project which is the result of a locally-planned housing initiative to provide more safe and affordable housing in Neepawa," said Minister Melnick. "These improved apartment units will help contribute to the overall revitalization of Neepawa."
"Neepawa has long recognized the need for affordable housing options," said Terry Volden, on behalf of the Neepawa and Area Development Committee. "We are gratified that the governments of Canada and Manitoba are supporting our plans to develop more affordable housing for our citizens."
In addition to providing funding to the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program, the governments of Canada and Manitoba have each contributed $25.4 million to the Canada-Manitoba Affordable Housing Initiative to preserve and increase 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.
John B. Thorpe
Communications Services Manitoba
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Government of Canada
Government of Manitoba