London celebrates new affordable housing



    LONDON, ON, July 4 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government of
Ontario, and the City of London today celebrated the opening and start of
construction of 97 new affordable rental units in three London projects. These
projects are supported by over $4 million in funding through the
Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
    Dave MacKenzie, Member of Parliament for Oxford, on behalf of the
Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development;
Chris Bentley, Member of Provincial Parliament for London West, on behalf of
the Honourable Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing;
Councillor Susan Eagle, on behalf of London Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best; and
affordable housing sponsors David Nelms of Nelms Group and Chris McNabb of
Southdale Apartments Inc. attended the ceremony.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP
MacKenzie. "Projects like these ones here in London, will help low-income
families and individuals with special needs access safe, affordable and
quality housing, helping them to build a stronger future."
    "These projects represent the success of partnership, innovation and
creativity," said MPP Bentley. "Through the construction of safe, affordable
housing we're helping vulnerable people establish the stability that so many
of us take for granted every day."
    Today's announcement recognized three affordable housing projects in
London, totaling over $15 million in capital costs:

    
    -  A 12-unit complex has officially opened. The $1.6 million project,
       sponsored by Nelms Group Ltd. and the Alice Saddy Association,
       received $840,000 under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
       The specially designed units will be occupied by individuals with
       special needs.

    -  A 52-unit project, now under construction. The $9 million project,
       sponsored by Adelaide North Developments Inc., has received over
       $3 million under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program for 41
       units, to be occupied by families and individuals with special needs.

    -  A 44-unit project, soon to be under construction. The $4.6 million
       project, sponsored by Southdale Apartments Inc., received over
       $341,000 under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program for five
       units, to be occupied by individuals with special needs.
    

    The federal and provincial allocations to the projects were complemented
by over $3 million in municipal financial incentives.
    "This funding is extremely welcome news for all Londoners, as we strive
to combat homelessness in our community," says Mayor DeCicco-Best. "Although
the critical need for affordable housing is a national issue, London is
committed to working with all levels of government to be part of the solution,
and these three projects are indeed a positive step in assisting those most
vulnerable."
    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: Beth Bailey, Canada Mortgage and Housing       
   Corporation, (416) 218-3355; 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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