New affordable housing complex to benefit local communities



    VILLENEUVE, AB, Oct. 13 /CNW/ - The West Sturgeon Aging In Place
Foundation officially opened West Country Hearth, a new 64-unit, affordable
housing rental project located in Villeneuve. This $7.9 million project will
provide housing at below-market rental rates for low-to-moderate income
seniors.
    The project was officially opened by Brian Storseth, Member of Parliament
for Westlock-St.Paul, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of
Human Resources and Social Development, the Honourable Doug Horner, Minister
of Advanced Education and Technology, and members of the community.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to making affordable housing
available in Alberta and across Canada for those who need it most," said
MP Storseth. "The creation of these new units will allow lower-income seniors
in Villeneuve to live in safe, quality housing while remaining in their
community, close to family and friends."
    The project will be operated by the West Sturgeon Aging In Place
Foundation. Funding for the project's construction included $2.75 million from
the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta, through the
Canada-Alberta Affordable Housing Program. An additional $1,068,000 was
received from the Government of Alberta through the Rural Affordable
Supportive Housing Program.
    "We are very pleased to have contributed funding towards the West
Sturgeon Aging In Place Foundation's seniors affordable housing project. This
complex is a wonderful example of the quality of sustainable and affordable
housing we wanted to see developed with the help of the Canada-Alberta
Affordable Housing Program," said Ray Danyluk, Minister of Municipal Affairs
and Housing. "This government remains committed to working closely with our
partners to increase the supply of affordable housing in West Sturgeon and
throughout the province to address the housing challenges that we are
experiencing in Alberta."
    "These 64-units will provide much needed affordable housing to seniors
from the West Sturgeon Area. We would like to thank all orders of government
and our other partners for their support of this housing initiative for the
residents from our communities. Without the generous contribution of all
levels of government this facility would not be possible. We look forward to
working with them on future projects," said Dawn Goulet-Soetaert, Treasurer of
West Sturgeon Aging in Place Foundation.
    West Country Hearth consists of 5 two bedroom suites, 28 one bedroom
suites and 19 studios. There is also a safe and secure unit of 12 suites. This
spacious building has a craft room, games room, dining room and chapel. The
center of the building boasts an amazing fireplace thus the name of the
building, "West Country Hearth". The foundation has worked hard to keep this
project on budget and has been able to do that due to the generosity of time
and money of the volunteers who worked on this project.

    The West Sturgeon Aging In Place Foundation was founded in 2001 and has
spent the last six years in planning, fundraising and building "West Country
Hearth". This foundation believes that people should live in dignity and
comfort in their own community.

    The Canada-Alberta Affordable Housing Program assisted in the creation of
sustainable rental housing for low- to moderate-income Albertans, through the
construction of new or renovated affordable housing units. Under the program
close to $200 million was committed to affordable housing projects throughout
the province that will lead to the development of close to 3,700 units.





For further information:

For further information: Colleen Soetaert, The West Sturgeon Aging In
Place Foundation, (780) 459-3233; Kimberlee Jones, CMHC Communications, Tel:
(403) 515-3048; Robert Storrier, Municipal Affairs and Housing, (780)
427-8862; Dial 310-0000 for toll free access outside Edmonton

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