$700,000 home repair program for Rainy River announced

    FORT FRANCES, ON, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - Canada's New Government, the Government
of Ontario, and the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board
(RRDSSAB) today announced funding that will assist up to 30 low-income
households to make urgently needed home repairs. The $700,000 program is
funded under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
    The announcement was made today by the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister
of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for
Northern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human
Resources and Social Development; the Honourable John Gerretsen, Ontario
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Rainy River District Social
Services Administration Board Chair Mike Lewis.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to supporting safe and affordable
housing for lower income families," said Minister Clement. "Through this
investment we are making an important difference in the lives of families in
the Rainy River District who are working towards building a stronger and
better future for themselves."
    "The McGuinty government is committed to provide housing assistance to
vulnerable people in northern Ontario," said Minister Gerretsen. "The Northern
Housing component of our Affordable Housing Program was established
specifically to recognize the unique housing needs of communities in the
north, and plays an important role in helping low income families to
rehabilitate their homes."
    Eligible repairs include remediation of major structural, electrical,
plumbing, heating, fire safety, septic and water system deficiencies.
Modifications to accommodate people with disabilities, such as wheelchair
ramps and lifts, are also eligible for funding under the program. Funding is
limited to low-income households.
    "This program demonstrates the RRDSSAB's ongoing commitment to some of
the most vulnerable people in our District, and will benefit many homeowners,"
said Mike Lewis, RRDSSAB Chair. "There are many seniors who could not make
these essential repairs without the assistance available through this
    Qualified homeowners may receive grants or loans that earn forgiveness at
eight per cent a year for the first 10 years, then two per cent a year for the
final 10 years of the affordability period. The home must remain the principal
and sole residence of the applicant for the entire 20-year period in order to
earn complete forgiveness of the loan.
    Applications are available at municipal offices and town halls in the
Rainy River District or from the Métis Nation of Ontario Housing Branch, a
third-party service provider who administers the program on RRDSSAB's behalf
(applicants do not need to be Métis). For further information, applicants
should call 1-800-891-5882 (toll-free), or check www.rrdssab.on.ca.
    Under the Northern Housing component of the Canada-Ontario Affordable
Housing Program, funding is used to rehabilitate, renovate or replace
substandard housing which will help to preserve affordable housing for
low-income households in Northern Ontario. Funds may also be available to
encourage affordable rental housing development where appropriate.
    The new Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement 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
20,000 households in Ontario.

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

For further information:

For further information: David Hyatt, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 250-3212; Donna Dittaro, RRDSSAB CAO, (807) 274-5349 ext
25; Patti Munce, Office of the Honourable John Gerretsen, Minister of
Municipal Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-6333; Susan Bacque - Affordable
Housing Inquiries, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-7021

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