March 28, 2009
HAMPTON (CNB) - The construction of 32 new apartments for low-income seniors was announced today by the provincial and federal governments. The new Hampton-based units will be funded under Phase III of the Canada-New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement.
Social Development Minister Mary Schryer, who is also minister responsible for housing, and Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore made the announcement.
"We are pleased to join our partners in these projects to help increase the availability of high-quality and affordable homes for low-income seniors in the Hampton area," said Schryer. "The creation of more affordable housing is part of this government's efforts to help seniors be active and healthy members of local communities."
The $3.5-million project at 24 Robb Ct. is expected to be completed by July 2009.
The housing units are being developed by Ossekeag Place of Hampton United Church Inc, a non-profit corporation. The project will receive funding of $480,000 under the Federal Affordable Housing Trust to offset construction costs, as well as close to $700,000 in rent supplements from the Province of New Brunswick for 16 of the 32 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 Moore. "Seniors in Hampton will now have access to quality, affordable housing, while remaining involved in their community and close to family and friends."
Moore was speaking on behalf of Diane Finley, minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.
Funding is available to private non-profit organizations, co-operatives, and 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 will be built to high energy-efficiency standards, and it will involve 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, Department of Social Development, 506-444-3730; Patricia Montreuil, communications and marketing consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., 506-851-2229.