Norfolk and Haldimand counties get boost for affordable housing



    NORFOLK AND HALDIMAND COUNTIES, ON, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - The Government of
Canada and the Government of Ontario today announced more than $579,000 in
funding for affordable housing. The funding will help create seven new
affordable rental homes and provide down payment assistance to 12 households
in the Counties of Norfolk and Haldimand.
    The announcement was made by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister Responsible for
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); Dave Levac, MPP for Brant, on
behalf of the Honourable Jim Watson, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs
and Housing; and County of Norfolk Mayor Dennis Travale.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said
Minister Finley. "Through this investment we are making an important
difference in the lives of individuals and families in the Counties of Norfolk
and Haldimand who are working towards building a stronger and better future
for themselves."
    "Through this allocation to Norfolk and Haldimand Counties, the McGuinty
government is renewing its commitment to work with our housing partners to
grow the supply of affordable housing," said MPP Levac. "This funding also
allows people to get a foothold in the housing market, and alleviate some of
the demand for affordable rental housing."

    
    The $579,000 allocation includes:

    -   $210,000 for a three-unit project in Caledonia. The project is
        sponsored by Hal-Nor Properties Inc., and the units will be occupied
        by singles and families.

    -   $140,000 for a two-unit project in Hagersville. The project is
        sponsored by Hal-Nor Properties Inc., and the units will be occupied
        by singles and families.

    -   $140,000 for a two-unit project in Cayuga. The project is sponsored
        by Hal-Nor Properties, Inc., and the units will be occupied by
        singles and families.

    -   $89,495 in down-payment assistance for 12 rental households in
        Norfolk and Haldimand Counties.
    

    "The creation of affordable housing in Haldimand and Norfolk is an
important aspect of the long term planning of both Counties," said Mayor
Dennis Travale. "New affordable housing supports healthy, vibrant and
sustainable communities, helps reduce poverty levels, and creates a variety of
housing for low to moderate income residents."

    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 up to 20,000
households in Ontario. Under the AHP, every region in Ontario has been
allocated a specific amount of funding to assist low to moderate-income rental
households to purchase affordable homes through interest-free down-payment
assistance loans.

    
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    For more information visit:  http://www.cmhc.ca
                                 www.ontario.ca/housing
    




For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Michelle Bakos, Office of
Minister Finley, (819) 994-2482; Nicole Burgers, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 250-2760; Adam Grachnik, Office of Minister Watson, (416)
585-6492; Merv Hughes, Haldimand and Norfolk Counties, (519) 426-6170 ext.
3122

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