Province of New Brunswick and Government of Canada officially open new affordable housing units in Hampton



    HAMPTON, NB, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - Thirty-two new apartments for low-income
seniors were officially opened today by the provincial and federal
governments. The new Hampton-based units are funded under Phase III of the
Canada-New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement.
    New Brunswick Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock, who is also
Minister Responsible for Housing, and Fundy Royal Member of Parliament Rob
Moore, who is also Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, made
the announcement at Ossekeag Place of Hampton United Church today.
    "We are pleased to work in cooperation with our partners to provide
high-quality, affordable homes for low-income seniors in the Hampton area,"
said Minister Lamrock. "Affordable housing is part of this government's
efforts to help our seniors be active and healthy members of local
communities."
    The $3.5-million project at 25 Robb Ct. was completed in August 2009.
    The housing units were developed by Ossekeag Place of Hampton United
Church Inc, a non-profit corporation. The project received $480,000 in funding
under the Federal Affordable Housing Trust to offset construction costs, as
well as close to $700,000 in rent supplements from the Province of New
Brunswick for 16 of the 32 units.
    In addition, the project received SEED funding through CMHC to assist
during the initial planning stages.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in New Brunswick and across Canada for those who need it most," said
Mr. Moore. "This project will help seniors access safe and suitable housing,
and build a stronger future for themselves."
    MP Moore spoke on behalf of Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and
Skills Development Canada, and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and
Housing Corporation (CMHC).
    Funding is available to private non-profit organizations, co-operatives,
and community or private developers interested in developing projects for low-
to moderate-income families, seniors, non-elderly singles, disabled persons
and persons with special needs.
    Ossekeag Place of Hampton United Church was also built to high
energy-efficiency standards, and involved consultation with Efficiency NB.
Builders of affordable housing projects for low-income individuals may receive
an incentive of $2,000 per apartment unit if the building is heated by low
greenhouse gas emission technologies as approved by Efficiency NB.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Sheri Strickland, Communications, Department of
Social Development, (506) 444-3730; Emely Poitras-Benedict, Communications and
Marketing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (902) 426-8127


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