Oct. 16, 2009
QUISPAMSIS (CNB) - The provincial and federal governments announced today that 16 new accessible and seniors apartments will be available in Quispamsis.
Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock, who is also minister responsible for housing, and Saint John MP Rodney Weston announced the $1.8-million project at Ken-Val United Church Suites. The new units are funded under Phase III of the Canada-New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement.
"We are pleased to collaborate with our partners to provide affordable living for low-income seniors, and to those who have accessibility needs in the Quispamsis area," said Lamrock. "Affordable housing is part of this government's efforts to ensure that we provide New Brunswickers with a quality, energy-efficient place to call home."
The units are being developed by Ken-Val United Church Suites Inc., a non-profit corporation. The project is receiving $480,000 under the federal Affordable Housing Trust in order to offset construction costs, as well as more than $1 million in rent supplements from the Province of New Brunswick.
"This is great news for seniors in the Quispamsis area," said Weston. "These new apartments will help provide more options for seniors in need of suitable, affordable housing, and they will also contribute to the economic and social well-being of the community."
Weston attended 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.
Ken-Val United Church Suites is being built to high energy-efficiency standards, and the developers have held consultations 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: Alison Aiton, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-2416; Patricia Montreuil, communications and marketing consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., 506-851-2229.