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Local Experts Share Ideas for Affordable Housing Development

WINDSOR, Ontario, March 3, 2006 — Local housing experts exchanged ideas and best practices today at an all-day forum to stimulate the continuous development of affordable housing in Windsor and Essex County.

The opportunity to explore partnerships, build capacity and share knowledge about tools and resources attracted more than 100 developers, builders, and representatives from business associations, community agencies, social service providers and government to the Affordable Housing Best Practices Forum.

The event was the result of a partnership among Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Housing Advisory Committee of Windsor-Essex County.

"The McGuinty government is pleased to work with our partners to provide this opportunity for the local community and government representatives to sit down and work together to develop housing solutions for the future," said Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing John Gerretsen. "Affordable housing is fundamental to strengthening our communities and providing our people with a quality of life that is second to none."

"Canadians are among the best housed people in the world, but there are approximately 1.5 million households that require safe, affordable housing," said Peter Friedmann, General Manager, Ontario Business Centre, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. "That is motivation enough to bring local housing experts together in communities across the country to tackle the issue."

"We are delighted to be a partner and participant in today's Affordable Housing Best Practices Forum," said Joyce Zuk, Windsor City Councillor and Chairperson of the Housing Advisory Committee. "The recent housing study of Windsor and Essex County shows there are a large number of families and individuals in Windsor and Essex County that continue to need assistance with housing in some form. This forum provided an opportunity to hear and discuss ideas that worked in other municipalities."

In fall 2005, the City of Windsor was allocated $10.2 million under the Canada — Ontario Affordable Housing Program. This includes $8.4 million for capital projects, which will fund 120 units of new affordable housing units, and $1.85 million for 140 units of housing allowances/rent supplements.

The Canada — Ontario Affordable Housing agreement comprises a commitment of $366 million from each of the two levels of government. With this commitment, the federal, provincial and municipal governments will have invested at least $800 million over the life of the Canada — Ontario Affordable Housing Program, to assist some 21,000 Ontario households.

For more information, please contact:

Brian Worrall
The City of Windsor
(519) 255-6384

Kathie Howes
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
(416) 218-3488

Susan Bacque
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
(416) 585-7021

News source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)


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