Social Development

New affordable housing for seniors officially opens in Saint-Léonard (09/08/28)

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Aug. 28, 2009

SAINT-LÉONARD (CNB) - A new, 10-unit affordable housing project for seniors was officially opened today in Saint-Léonard by Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock, who is also minister responsible for housing, and Senator Percy Mockler.

"We are pleased to join our partners in this exciting new development that will see more affordable homes being created for the benefit of seniors," said Lamrock. "The creation of these units will allow seniors to remain close to their families and friends, and remain active in their community."

The $1.08-million project received $200,000 in federal funding to offset construction costs, as well as $439,000 in rent supplements from the Province of New Brunswick as part of the Canada-New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement. Located beside the Foyer Notre Dame de St-Léonard Inc., the facility includes eight one-bedroom units, and two two-bedroom units. Two units are accessible for persons with disabilities.

"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. "This project will help seniors and persons with disabilities get access to safe and suitable housing, and build a stronger future for themselves."

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

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.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Sheri Strickland, Department of Social Development, 506-444-3730: Michelle Bakos, Office of Minister Finley, 819-994-2482; Patricia Montreuil, communications and marketing consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., 506-851-2229.

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