MONTRÉAL, April 9, 2018 /CNW/ - Les Habitations Communautaires Portage II officially opened today, in Montréal. The building, which provides 30 affordable transitional housing units for people living with addiction problems, required investments of more than $6.5 million.
Graduates of the various addiction rehabilitation programs offered at the Portage centres in the Greater Montréal area can now benefit from safe and affordable supportive housing. The building has a number of amenities, including a common kitchen area, three meeting rooms and a roof terrace with a garden - a quality environment to promote social and professional reintegration.
The opening of the new building was marked by Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Sœurs, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier of Québec, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy and Member of the National Assembly for Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne, on behalf of Lise Thériault, Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing; and Benoit Dorais, Mayor of the borough of Le Sud-Ouest and Chair of the Montréal Executive Committee.
"Les Habitations Communautaires Portage II offers 30 safe and affordable housing units to members of the community who most need them. I am pleased that we are able to provide people with a quality living environment that promotes social and professional reintegration. This is a tangible step toward our government's ambitious goal of providing all Canadians with housing that meets their needs." - Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Sœurs
"I applaud this initiative by Les Habitations Communautaires Portage II and its partners. Through its financial support for this important project, the Government of Quebec is helping people who are dealing with addiction problems and who now want to take control of their lives. One of the great strengths of my region lies in the determination of organizations such as this, whose mission it is to help improve the living conditions of our citizens." Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy and Member of the National Assembly for Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne
"I am happy that our borough has become synonymous with a fresh start for all of those wanting to rebuild their lives. Whether through our local action plan or our strategy for the inclusion of affordable housing in Montréal, we are committed to creating healthy, supportive and more caring living environments and also to addressing poverty and social exclusion. Portage's presence in Griffintown is helping to develop an ever more inclusive community in Le Sud-Ouest." - Benoit Dorais, Mayor of the borough of Le Sud-Ouest and Chair of the Montréal Executive Committee
- Through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ), the governments of Canada and Quebec provided more than $1.9 million for the construction of this housing project, under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
- The City of Montréal contributed nearly $572,000 for the development of this project. This sum is repaid by the Montréal Metropolitan Community (MMC) through the social housing fund, to which contribute 82 municipalities.
- An amount of $53,030 was granted by Transition énergétique Québec to ensure that the building would meet Novoclimat certification standards.
- All the tenants of this housing project benefit from the SHQ's Rent Supplement program, ensuring that they will not spend more than 25% of their income on housing. This additional assistance of $516,300 over five years is assumed by the SHQ (90%) and the City of Montréal (10%). The City's share is repaid by the MMC.
About CMHC and the SHQ
- As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. For more information, visit cmhc.ca or follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
- The SHQ's mission is to facilitate citizens' access to appropriate housing conditions. Thanks to its programs and many partners, the SHQ helps more than 231,000 Quebec households. To get more information on the programs and services offered by the SHQ, to find out more about its activities and achievements or to get advice on housing, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/english.html.
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
For further information: Sources : Émilie Gauduchon, Press Secretary, Office of Minister Duclos, 819-654-5546, Emilie.Gauduchon@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca; Clémence Beaulieu Gendron, Press Secretary for the Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing, 418-691-2030; Gabrielle Fallu, Press Secretary for the Deputy Premier of Québec, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy, 418-691-5060; Information : Public Affairs, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 514-283-3679; Sylvain Fournier, Communications, Société d'habitation du Québec, 418-643-4035, ext. 1113, email@example.com