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35 Affordable Housing Proposals in the Prairie Provinces Get Early Stage Funding

Housing Minister Announces Seed Funding Recipients

CALGARY, Alberta, March 15, 2005 — A total of 35 community-based organizations and developers in the Prairie provinces will receive up to $20,000 each to develop affordable housing project proposals under Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Seed Funding initiative.

The Honourable Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing, made the announcement today, saying the selected applicants in the Prairie provinces are among 204 housing proponents selected from across Canada. The selection was made following a call for applications issued in November 2004, which resulted in 428 proposals being submitted from across Canada.

"With the Seed Funding initiative, the federal government is helping local organizations to develop housing solutions that meet the needs of their community," said Minister Fontana. "The large response received from community groups and leaders across Canada, demonstrates how Canadians want to be involved in their housing solutions."

Seed Funding offers financial assistance to groups and individuals for predevelopment work on proposed housing projects that will be affordable, innovative, community-based, or any combination of these characteristics. Priority was given to proposals that addressed affordable housing needs in their community. CMHC financial assistance is in the form of a grant of up to $10,000 and an interest-free loan of up to $10,000.

Seed Funding recipients will use the money to pay for a variety of preliminary activities, including studies to evaluate need and demand for the proposed project, development of a business plan and preliminary design work.

Once the initial viability of the proposed housing project has been established, proponents may be eligible for other supports to turn their housing proposals into homes. These can include CMHC's interest-free proposal development loans, mortgage loan insurance to facilitate financing, and/or Federal-Provincial or Federal-Territorial Affordable Housing funds.

Where a training need is identified, CMHC's capacity development initiative assists Seed Funding recipients to acquire the information and skills they need to organize themselves and obtain a general understanding of the housing development process and property management requirements.

In evaluating the applications for Seed Funding, CMHC looked at the clarity of the proponent's objectives, compatibility with program criteria, ability of applicants to carry out the proposed activities, the need for Seed Funding, and evidence of community support.

"For recipients, Seed Funding is a critical investment of financial support needed to build the capacity of community groups to find local solutions to housing challenges, to help each group to make their affordable housing idea a reality," added Minister Fontana.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is Canada's national housing agency. For over 55 years, CMHC has been contributing to improving the living conditions and the well-being of Canadians through four areas of housing activities – housing finance, assisted housing, research and information transfer, and export promotion. CMHC is committed to helping Canadians access a wide choice of quality, affordable homes, and making vibrant and sustainable communities a reality across the country.

The list of Seed Funding recipients for the Prairie provinces is attached.

For further information, please contact:

Marion Belke
(403) 515-3011

Peter Graham
Director of Communications
Office of Minister Fontana (819) 953-5646

2005 Prairie Region Seed Funding Recipients

Airdrie SASHA
Calgary Everest Construction Management Ltd.
Calgary Southern Alberta Ped. Hostel Soc.
Calgary Assumption of Ukrainian Catholic
Calgary Kanas Holdings Corp.
Calgary Kanas Holdings Corp.
Calgary Awo Taan Native W. Shelter
Calgary Habitat for Humanity
Castor Castor Area Special Housing
Edmonton Central Edmonton Community Land Trust
Edmonton Innovative Housing Society
Edmonton Canadian Mental Health Association
Edmonton Ben Calf Robe Society
Edmonton Metis Urban Housing Corp of Alberta
Edmonton Canadian Seniors Housing Corp
Edmonton Women Building Futures Society
Edmonton Terra Association
Edmonton SKILLS
Lesser Slave Lake Lesser Slave Lake Community Development Corporation
Sherwood Park Pioneer Housing Foundation
Wood Buffalo Wood Buffalo Housing & Development Corporation

Black Sturgeon Falls
Marcel Colomb FN
Brandon Canadian Mental Health Association
Brandon YWCA Brandon
Neepawa Tadeusz Smoter Inc.
Nelson House Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation
Riverton Riverton Bifrost Community Development Corp
Scanterbury Brokenhead Ojibway Nation
Vogar Lake Manitoba FN
Winnipeg Lakeside Lions Housing Corp
Winnipeg South Winnipeg Seniors Village Assoc.
Winnipeg Indo China Chinese Association

Regina Aboriginal Development Corporation
Saskatoon Affordable New Home Development Fdn.
Saskatoon Affordable New Home Development. Fdn.

News source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)


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