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Affordable Housing Project for Seniors Opens in Grand Falls

GRAND FALLS, New Brunswick, October 19, 2007 — Seniors in Grand Falls will have access to more affordable housing with today's official opening of Les Villas LPR. This $775,000 12-unit project includes six new affordable housing units. The project was funded under the Canada – New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement.

Mike Allen, Member of Parliament for Tobique – Mactaquac, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, along with the Honourable Ron Ouellette, New Brunswick Minister of Agriculture and Aquaculture, on behalf of the Honourable Mary Schryer, New Brunswick Minister of State for Housing, celebrated the project opening today.

“Canada’s New Government is delivering on our commitment to create affordable housing in New Brunswick and across Canada for those who need it the most,” said MP Allen. “This project will give seniors in Grand Falls the opportunity to stay in their community close to family and friends and receive the care and support they need.”

“If we want our seniors to stay active and continue to contribute to their communities, we need more appropriate and affordable housing that respond to their needs”, said Minister Schryer. “This project shows how a good partnership with the private sector and government can achieve that goal with great success.”

The project called Villa LPR, located at 499 Terrace Street, Grand Falls, received a total of $150,000 in federal funding under the Canada – New Brunswick Affordable Housing Program Agreement to offset the construction costs, as well as $227,000 in rent supplements from the Province of New Brunswick for six of the units.

Recently announced, Phase III of the Agreement will see the investment of another $40 million to create at least 754 new housing units in New Brunswick over the next two years. The Federal Housing Trust Fund contributes $17 million will be allocated to project promoters as forgivable loans to offset construction costs. The province will provide $23 million in long-term rent supplements to ensure that 580 of the 754 new housing units will be kept affordable.

Phase I and II of the Canada – New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement involved investments of over $45 million to create and sustain up to 700 units of rental housing for low-to-moderate income households in New Brunswick over the last three years.

For further information, please contact:

Robert Duguay
Communications
Family and Community Services
506-444-3684

Giselle Thibault
Marketing and Communications Consultant
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
902-426-8320

Backgrounder

Canada – New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement

Phase I

Objectives:

  • To create and sustain rental housing for low- to moderate-income New Brunswick households through new construction or rehabilitation.
  • Housing must be affordable for at least 10 years.

Program:

  • Funding under this agreement will be used for a Rental Housing Program.
  • The program will create and sustain in excess of 600 units of rental housing for low- to moderate-income households.
  • Funding is available to private non-profits, cooperatives, community or private developers interested in developing projects for low- to moderate-income families, seniors, non-elderly singles, disabled persons and persons with special needs.

Administration:

  • The program is administered by the New Brunswick Department of Family and Community Services.
  • Family and Community Services is responsible for the selection of affordable housing projects.

Phase II

Phase II of the Agreement increased the total investment under the Canada – New Brunswick Affordable Housing Program Agreement to $45 million in funding. The Government of New Brunswick contributed at least 50 per cent of the matching funding; up to 10 per cent may come from municipalities and other third parties.

Under Phase II, funding:

  • Were used for the Rental Housing Program in Phase I plus a new rent supplement program;
  • targeted urban areas with considerable housing needs; and
  • targeted persons on or eligible to be on a waiting list for social housing.

Phase III

Through Phase III of the Agreement, the Federal government, through the recently announced Housing Trust, and the province of New Brunswick are committing over $40 million to create at least 754 new housing units over the next two years.

The funding is available for private entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations to help increase the supply of affordable rental housing for low income seniors, families and non-elderly singles. Of the 754 housing units to be created, 580 will be subsidized and 10 per cent are to be accessible for persons with disabilities.

Proposal development funding is also available for non-profit organizations to help them prepare and develop their project.

Proponents can submit proposals to a regional office of the Department of Family and Community Services. Projects will be selected based on their viability and their capacity to respond to housing needs for either seniors, low income families, non elderly singles, or persons with disabilities.

News source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

 

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