Feb. 20, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - Twenty-six new affordable housing units for non-elderly singles and persons with disabilities were officially opened today in Saint John by the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick. The new units are funded under Phase II of the Canada - New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement.
Minister of Social Development Mary Schryer, who is also minister responsible for housing, and Saint John MP Rodney Weston, made the announcement.
"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 Saint John 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."
Located at 55 Leinster St., the 52-unit project received a total of $910,000 in federal funding to offset construction costs, as well as $1.14 million in rent supplements from the Province of New Brunswick for 26 units.
"The Government of Canada is proud to be making more affordable housing available in New Brunswick, and across Canada, for those who need it most," said Weston. "The opening of this project provides non-elderly singles and persons with disabilities access to more quality, affordable rental housing in this community."
Weston attended on behalf of Diane Finley, minister of human resources and skills development Canada, and minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.
Phases I and II of the Canada - New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement involve investments of over $45 million to create and sustain affordable housing for low- to moderate-income households in New Brunswick.
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.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sonya Gilks, communications, Social Development, 506-444-3730; Patricia Montreuil, communications and marketing consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., 506-851-2229.