New seniors complex for the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation



    FOREST, ON, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - Seniors and disabled adults from the Chippewas
of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation now have more housing options. Today
marks the grand opening of a new housing project in the community which will
provide affordable eight one-bed hostel units for seniors and disabled adults
in need of homes that offer assisted living.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to creating affordable housing for
Aboriginal Canadians in Ontario and across the country," 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 and persons with disabilities of the Chippewas of Kettle & Stony
Point will have access to quality, affordable housing and services to meet
their specific needs, while allowing them to remain close to their families
and friends."
    The seniors complex received a $600,000 federal contribution through
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Section 95 program. CMHC's
Section 95 is a unique program designed to assist First Nations in the
construction, purchase and rehabilitation, and administration of affordable
on-reserve rental housing.
    Through Indian and Northern Affairs and Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (CMHC), the federal government is currently providing an estimated
$261 million a year to address housing needs on-reserve, which includes
housing supply and renovation programming.
    "The community appreciates the support it received from CMHC in realizing
the construction of our assisted living facility," said Chief Thomas
Bressette. "This will be recognized as a good home for our senior community
members that choose to live here. There was a great deal of work by our health
staff and Building Committee that deserves recognition as well. Let's not
forget our construction crews either. Hopefully we will see the demand for
this type of facility increase in other communities as well. Chii Miigwech,
thank you, to all those that helped out if we forgot to mention you."
    The Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation have been a CMHC
client since 1993. The community has 57 social housing units which are funded
under CMHC programs.
    Earlier this year, the Government of Canada announced the First Nations
Market Housing Fund to provide additional financing options to First Nation
communities. These are two ways in which this government is working to provide
First Nations on-reserve with the same housing opportunities and
responsibilities as other Canadians.

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been Canada's national
housing agency for more than 60 years. CMHC is committed to helping Canadians
access a wide choice of quality, affordable homes, while making vibrant,
healthy communities and cities a reality across the country. For more
information, visit www.cmhc.ca or call 1-800-668-2642.





For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Tracy Wells, Senior
Consultant, Communications & Marketing, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, Cell: (416) 254-8595, Email: twells@cmhc.ca; Pauline Bressette,
Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, Phone: (519) 786-5647, Email:
Pauline@ksphs.on.ca


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