Construction begins on affordable housing project in Komoka



    KOMOKA, ON, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government of
Ontario, the County of Middlesex and the Township of Middlesex Centre are
pleased to announce the start of construction of the Komoka Seniors'
Apartments Complex, an affordable housing development. The project will be
located at 109 Hamilton Street in Komoka and will provide 20 new rental units
for low-income seniors.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said Bev
Shipley, Member of Parliament for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, on behalf of the
Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.
"Seniors in Komoka will now have access to quality, affordable housing and the
services that meet their specific needs, while remaining close to their
families and friends in the community."
    "Today's announcement is a significant milestone for affordable housing
in Middlesex County," said Maria Van Bommel, MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex,
on behalf of the Honourable Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and
Housing. "This project means that Komoka seniors will soon have quality
housing in their community."
    The $2.6 million project is sponsored by Lobo Township Non-Profit
Apartment Corporation and received a total of $1.4 million under the
Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The development will provide 20
units of affordable housing for low-income seniors.
    Federal and provincial allocations to the project were complemented by
over $45,000 in municipal property tax incentives.
    "Middlesex County is looking forward to the additional seniors housing
which will be located in Komoka," said Albert Bannister, Warden of the County
of Middlesex. "The placement of housing for seniors in the various communities
throughout Middlesex County allows our seniors to remain in and continue to be
a part of the communities they have served."
    "Middlesex Centre is pleased to work in cooperation with the Lobo
Township Non-Profit Apartment Corporation in the development of additional
senior housing in our community," said Al Edmonson, Mayor of the Township of
Middlesex Centre.
    "Our Board is very excited that construction of the new apartments for
our area seniors is now underway," said Joe Carroll, President of Lobo
Township Non-Profit Apartment Corporation. "The funding from the
Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program has made this project a reality,
just what we have been waiting for. This will be of great benefit in providing
affordable housing for our seniors and our local community."

    The Canada - Ontario Affordable Housing Program comprises a commitment of
$301 million from each of the two senior levels of government. In total, the
federal, provincial and municipal governments will invest at least
$734 million in the program, which will provide affordable housing for
20,000 households in Ontario.

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For further information:

For further information: Susan Monic, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 250-2745; Adam Grachnik, Minister Jim Watson's Office,
(416) 585-6492; Louise Stevens, City of London, (519) 661-2500 ext. 5727;
Keith Extance, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-7021

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