Feb. 16, 2009
SUSSEX (CNB) - Twelve affordable housing units for non-elderly singles, families and persons with disabilities were opened here today by Social Development Minister Mary Schryer and Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore. The units were funded under the Canada-New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement.
"We are pleased to join our partners in this project to see more affordable housing being created for the benefit of low-income families in the Sussex area," said Schryer, who is also the minister responsible for housing. "The creation of more affordable housing is essential in our efforts to provide vulnerable individuals with the means to achieve their goals."
The units were funded under the Canada-New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement, whose objective is to create and sustain rental housing for low- or moderate-income New Brunswick households through new construction or rehabilitation.
"The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing available in New Brunswick and across Canada for those who need it most," said Moore. "With the opening of this project, low- or moderate-income families, seniors, non-elderly singles and persons with special needs in Sussex will now have access to quality, affordable rental housing and services, while remaining close to their families and friends."
Moore was speaking on behalf of Diane Finley, minister of human resources and skills development Canada and the minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.
The $852,200 project, developed by the Sussex Resource Centre, is located on Church Avenue. The development received $360,000 in capital grants from the federal government to offset construction costs, as well as $524,872 in rent supplements from the province.
Funding is available to private non-profit organizations; co-operatives and community or private developers interested in developing projects for low- or moderate-income families; seniors; non-elderly singles; and persons with disabilities or 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.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sonya Gilks, communications, Social Development, 506-444-3730; Patricia Montreuil, communications and marketing consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., 506-851-2229.