Social Development

Affordable housing opens in Edmundston (09/02/09)

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Feb. 9, 2009

EDMUNDSTON (CNB) - An affordable housing project was opened here today by the provincial and federal governments.

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Funded under Phase III of the Canada-New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement, the project has created 26 units, 13 of which are affordable housing units. The units will house low-income seniors, non-elderly singles and disabled persons.

The opening was attended by Social Development Minister Mary Schryer, who is also minister responsible for housing, and Senator Percy Mockler.

"We are pleased to join our partners in this project to see 26 more affordable housing units being created for the benefit of those in need in the Edmundston area," said Schryer. "The creation of more affordable housing is essential in our efforts to provide vulnerable individuals with the means to achieve their personal goals."

The $2.3-million project, located at 11 Guimond Ave., was developed by Habitat Plus II Inc. The project will receive $390,000 under the federal Affordable Housing Trust to offset construction costs, as well as $568,111 in rent supplements from the province for 13 units.

"The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing available in New Brunswick and across Canada for those who need it most," said Mockler. "With the opening of this project, low-income seniors, non-elderly singles and disabled persons in Edmundston will now have access to quality, affordable rental housing and services to meet their specific needs, while remaining close to their families and friends."

Mockler spoke on behalf of Diane Finley, minister of human resources and skills development Canada, and minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.

This is the second affordable housing project completed by the developer. The first, Habitat Plus I, received $300,000 in federal funding under Phase II of the Canada - New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement. The building is located at 15 30th Ave., in Edmundston. It opened in December 2007, and has 24 units, 12 of which are subsidized by the province, in the amount of $480,000.

The objective of the Canada-New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement is to create and sustain rental housing for low- to moderate-income New Brunswick households through new construction or rehabilitation. Funding is available to private non-profits, co-operatives, 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.

This project was built to high energy-efficiency standards, and involved consultation with Efficiency NB. Builders of affordable housing projects for low-income individuals may receive an incentive of $2,000 per apartment unit if the building is heated by low greenhouse-gas-emission technologies, as approved by Efficiency NB.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Sonya Gilks, communications, Social Development, 506-444-3730; Giselle Thibault, communications and marketing consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., 902-426-8320.

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