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More Affordable Housing to be Available in Brandon — An Additional 77 Units Supported

BRANDON, Manitoba, October 15, 2004 — Brandon residents will soon benefit from the construction of eight new rental housing units and 69 more renovated units for families with moderate to lower incomes, with the support of the governments of Canada and Manitoba.

The Honourable Reg Alcock, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing, and the Honourable Christine Melnick, Manitoba Minister of Family Services and Housing, announced that over $1.3 million in support will be combined with contributions from project owners, for total project costs of $2.1 million.

"Renovation of existing buildings is a sustainable way to improve the housing conditions of these Brandon residents," said Minister Alcock. "This funding will ensure continued safe living conditions in urban housing, while providing for secure, quality communities in Manitoba."

"We are pleased with the recent progress in Brandon to improve housing, which strengthens families and helps to revitalize the city's core," said Melnick. "Strong economic growth continues in Brandon, and through effective partnerships between government and the community, we are helping to address the shortage of affordable, safe housing by supporting locally-planned housing initiatives."

Through the Rental Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP), cost-shared by the governments of Canada and Manitoba, and Manitoba's Neighbourhood Housing Assistance (NHA) program, $1,286,122 will support 14 projects:


RRAP is cost-shared on a 75/25 per cent basis by the federal and provincial governments respectively. Through its national housing agency, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the federal government is contributing $912,092 and the Manitoba government, with additional NHA funding, is providing $374,030 to support these projects. The project owners will provide funding for the balance of the costs.

In addition, under the Canada/Manitoba Affordable Housing Initiative's New Rental Supply program, $60,000 will support the 843-4th Street — for the construction of six, new two-bedroom apartments. Total project value is $360,647.

The project owners provide the funding for the balance of the costs.

"We would like to thank our federal and provincial partners for supporting locally-planned housing initiatives. Though a community process we are able to best identify our housing requirements and, working with local developers, address the continuing demand," said Mike Abbey, chair of the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation. "Our private partners are committed to creating safe, affordable housing in Brandon and they should be proud of their accomplishments".

Manitoba Family Services and Housing is working co-operatively with CMHC and the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation to revitalize housing in the Brandon core area. Projects may be funded through the Canada/Manitoba Affordable Housing Initiative or a combination of assistance from RRAP and the NHA program. The NHA program is fully funded by the Government of Manitoba.

Contact:

John B. Thorpe
Communications Services Manitoba
(204) 945-6778

Jason Cobb,
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
(403) 515-2903

Housing Support Details:

Government of Canada

Government of Manitoba