Construction Begins On Affordable Housing Project In The Cornwall Area



    WILLIAMSBURG, ON, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the
Government of Ontario, the City of Cornwall and the Township of South Dundas
are pleased to announce the start of construction of the Hess Street Project,
an affordable housing development that will provide 20 rental units primarily
for low-income seniors and people with special needs under the Canada-Ontario
Affordable Housing Program.
    "Our government is committed to making affordable housing available in
Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said Guy Lauzon, Member
of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, on behalf of the Honourable
Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development. "Here in
Williamsburg, these new rental units will help low-income seniors and people
with special needs access safe, affordable and quality housing, helping them
to build a stronger future."
    "Our government is committed to helping Ontario's most vulnerable
citizens secure a safe and affordable place to call home," said the Honourable
Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "This project will make
it easier for senior citizens and people with special needs in the Cornwall
area to live independently and with dignity."
    The $2.2 million project is sponsored by the Williamsburg Non-Profit
Housing 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 primarily for low-income seniors and people with
special needs.
    Federal and provincial allocations to the project will be complemented by
more than $153,000 in local municipal financial incentives and $120,000 in
land equity from the sponsor group.
    "I am pleased that new federal and provincial funding for affordable
housing has made these 20 townhouses a reality," said Charles Barkley, Mayor
of South Dundas Township. "I thank the Service Manager and Williamsburg
Non-Profit Housing Corporation for all their work and dedication to help so
many individuals benefit from this new housing service."
    "Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing Corporation is grateful to the
Affordable Housing Program for the opportunity to build 20 townhouses, mainly
for the elderly in Williamsburg Village," said Trevor Trolley, President of
Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing Corporation. "The Corporation is also grateful
to the City of Cornwall as Service Manager, and would like to acknowledge the
generous support of the Mayor and Council of South Dundas in this important
undertaking."

    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 more information visit:  http://www.cmhc.ca
                                 http://www.mah.gov.on.ca
    





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; Debora Daigle, City of Cornwall, (613) 933-6282 ext. 3208;
Keith Extance, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-7021


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