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.
Director of Communications
Office of Minister Fontana (819) 953-5646
|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|
|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|
|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.|