Aug. 17, 2009
HAMPTON (CNB) - New apartments for low-income seniors were officially opened today in Hampton by the provincial and federal governments. The 32 units are funded under Phase III of the Canada-New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement.
Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock, who is also minister responsible for housing, and Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore, made the announcement at Ossekeag Place of Hampton United Church today.
"We are pleased to work in co-operation with our partners to provide high-quality, affordable homes for low-income seniors in the Hampton area," said Lamrock. "Affordable housing is part of this government's efforts to help our seniors be active and healthy members of local communities."
The $3.5-million project at 24 Robb Ct. was completed this month.
"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. "This project will help seniors get access to safe and suitable housing, and build a stronger future for themselves."
Moore attended on behalf of Diane Finley, minister of human resources and skills development Canada, and minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC).
The units were developed by Ossekeag Place of Hampton United Church Inc., a non-profit corporation. The project received $480,000 in funding under the Federal Affordable Housing Trust to offset construction costs, as well as almost $700,000 in rent supplements from the Province of New Brunswick for 16 of the 32 units. In addition, the project received funding through CMHC's Seed Funding Program to assist during the initial planning stages.
Funding is available to private non-profit organizations, co-operatives, and community or private developers interested in developing projects for low- and moderate-income families, seniors, non-elderly singles, disabled persons and persons with special needs.
Ossekeag Place of Hampton United Church was also 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: Sheri Strickland, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-3730; Emely Poitras-Benedict, communications and marketing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., 902-426-8127.