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Opening of 76 New Affordable Housing Units in Montréal

MONTRÉAL, Québec, September 8, 2005 — Modest- and low-income families, seniors and young mothers now have more options thanks to the construction of the Maison Saint-Étienne, the Coopérative d'habitation Prima Vera de la Petite-Patrie and the Appartements Augustine-Gonzalez of the Service d'intégration à la collectivité, three housing projects providing 76 new units on De la Roche Street and Christophe-Colomb Avenue, in Montréal.

This announcement was made today by the Honourable Pierre Pettigrew, Minister of Foreign Affairs and MP for Papineau, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing, by Lise Thériault, Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities and MNA for Anjou, on behalf of Nathalie Normandeau, Minister of Municipal Affairs and the Regions, and by Cosmo Maciocia, City of Montréal Executive Committee member responsible for housing, social development and income security, on behalf of Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal. In addition to Lise Thériault and Cosmo Maciocia, Denise Larouche, Mayor of the Borough of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, Monia Magri, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Coopérative d'habitation Prima Vera de la Petite-Patrie, André Lajeunesse, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Habitations Les II Volets, and Isabelle Plouffe, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Service d'intégration à la collectivité, were present at the opening ceremony.

The construction of the three housing projects, which required investments of more than $10 million, was completed thanks to the participation of public, private and community partners. The financial contributions for the development of these projects come to a total of $6,503,657.

In fact, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation contributed a sum of $2,645,576. The Government of Québec, for its part, through the Société d'habitation du Québec, granted a sum of $1,851,811, while the community provided an amount of $2,006,270, including $1,274,220 from the City of Montréal. The contribution from the community sector also includes a sum of $458,050 allocated to the Appartements Augustine-Gonzalez of the Service d'intégration à la collectivité by the Government of Canada, through the National Homelessness Initiative (NHI). The other costs are being assumed by the organizations, in particular through a mortgage loan secured by the Société d'habitation du Québec.

"Our investment in this project shows how committed the Government of Canada is to providing affordable housing to Canadians most in need," said Minister Pettigrew. "Housing is a priority for the Government of Canada, and we are pleased to work in cooperation with the Government of Quebec, the City of Montréal and community sector representatives to provide more people with better housing in their community."

"The financial support of the Government of Quebec for all these housing projects confirms our will to develop sustainable resources to meet the needs of low-income individuals. Such a commitment on the part of governments, the community and the private sector is an example of a successful partnership," said Minister Thériault.

"The development of these three social and community housing projects together on the same site is a fine sample of what the Solidarité 5 000 logements operation has provided for the Montréal community. In fact, these projects include housing for seniors, for families and also for groups with special needs, in this case, young single mothers. The residents of these projects will experience, on a daily basis, the social mix and solidarity that are at the heart of the City's actions for social and community housing development," said Cosmo Maciocia.

Denise Larouche, Mayor of the Borough of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, was visibly satisfied to see that, finally, individuals who had long been waiting for these housing units would now be able to live in a decent living environment. "I want to thank everyone who was involved in the completion of these projects, and I would like to pay special tribute to the community groups of La Petite-Patrie that work relentlessly to improve the living conditions of people who are waiting for housing units."

The development of these projects is part of the Government of Quebec's initiative to produce 18,600 social, community and private housing units for modest- and low-income households. This initiative is notably supported by federal funds made available under affordable housing agreements.

It should be recalled that an Affordable Housing Agreement was signed between Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Société d'habitation du Québec in 2001. It provides for a total contribution of $323.3 million to increase the supply of affordable housing in Quebec, with $161.65 million from the federal government, $104 million from the Quebec government and $57 million from the municipalities participating in the program.

Since the NHI was launched, the Government of Canada has invested more than $74 million in Quebec for no fewer than 675 activities and projects.

The three housing projects are part of the Solidarité 5 000 logements operation of the City of Montréal, which is aimed at increasing the supply of affordable housing for low-income households.

News source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)


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