Community Inclusions to Construct New House in Alberton for People with Intellectual Disabilities



    ALBERTON, PE, May 11 /CNW/ - Eight affordable housing units for persons
with intellectual disabilities will soon be constructed in the Town of
Alberton through a partnership with the federal and provincial governments.
    Prince Edward Island's Minister of Social Services and Seniors, Doug
Currie, and the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on
behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
Development Canada and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, made the announcement today.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Prince Edward Island and across Canada for those who need it
most," said Minister Shea. "The creation of these new units here in Alberton
will provide persons living with intellectual disabilities access to quality,
affordable housing, while ensuring that they can stay close to their families
and friends."
    The $580,000 project is being developed by Community Inclusions and will
be located on Church Street. The development is made possible though a
$200,000 investment from the Federal Affordable Housing Trust Fund and a
$150,000 investment from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada's
Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).
    "Our Department of Social Services and Seniors understands the pressures
and worries of aging parents who care for adult children with intellectual
disabilities," said Minister Currie. "It's a complex challenge to provide
sufficient supported housing in our province, and I am pleased that we are
continuing to work with families, communities and non-government organizations
such as Community Inclusions to find the best solutions for these
individuals," he said.
    The Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a
unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness
by providing direct support and funding to more than 60 communities across
Canada. The HPS took effect April 1, 2007, with annual funding of $134.8
million for two years. It has been extended at the same funding levels for two
additional years from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011. Funding for housing and
homelessness programs has been extended for another five years, until March
31, 2014.
    The residence in Alberton will provide transitional housing for eight
individuals with intellectual disabilities. There will be a four-bedroom unit
on the first floor, with two, two-bedroom dorm-style units on the first and
second floors.
    The objective of the Canada - Prince Edward Island Affordable Housing
Agreement is to create and sustain rental housing for low- or moderate-income
Prince Edward Island households through new construction or rehabilitation.
    The provincial Department of Social Services and Seniors contributed two
lots of land estimated to be valued at $40,000 for the project. The Department
also increased its annual grant to Community Inclusions by nine per cent,
bringing its total grant for 2009-10 to $691,800. This contribution will
assist the organization with operating funding and staffing the new facility.
    Community Inclusions is a non-governmental organization that provides
supports and services to adults with intellectual disabilities in western PEI.
    "Back in August of 2007, this organization released a needs analysis that
clearly illustrated the need for more housing for person's with disabilities
in the West Prince region," said Jackie Charchuk, Board Chair for Community
Inclusions. "We see this as a very positive step in the right direction in
beginning to meet that need," she said.
    For more information on Community Inclusions and its various services,
contact 853-3944 or visit its web site at www.communityinclusions.com




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Michelle Bakos, Press
Secretary, Office of Minister Finley, (819) 994-2482; Kevin Porter, Community
Inclusions, (902) 853-3944; Stefanie Arduini, Communications Officer, Prince
Edward Island Department of Social Services and Seniors', (902) 620-3409,
sarduini@gov.pe.ca; Patricia Montreuil, Communications and Marketing
Consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (506) 851-2229; Human
Resources and Skills Development Canada, Media Relations Office, (819)
994-5559; Kevin Porter, Community Inclusions, c/o West Prince Industry Centre,
(902)853-3944, Fax (902)853-2396, kwporter_ca@yahoo.com,
www.communityinclusions.com


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