Affordable Housing Québec - Opening of 15 New Affordable Housing Units in the Borough of Ville-Marie, in Montréal

    MONTREAL, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Lower-income families now have more
affordable housing options thanks to the construction of the 15 units in the
second phase of the Coopérative d'habitation Chung Hua, in the borough of
Ville-Marie, in Montréal.
    This announcement was made today, on the occasion of the opening of this
building, by Honourable Michael M. Fortier, Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and Minister responsible for Montréal, on behalf of the
Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development,
by Jacques Chagnon, MNA for Westmount-Saint-Louis, on behalf of Nathalie
Normandeau, Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, and
by Cosmo Maciocia, City of Montréal Executive Committee member responsible for
housing. In addition to Jacques Chagnon, Man Wai Yee, Chair of the Board of
Directors of the Coopérative d'habitation Chung Hua, attended the ceremony, as
did tenants and community partners.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to making affordable housing more
available in Montréal and across Canada for those who need it most," said
Minister Fortier. "Seniors in downtown Montréal now have greater access to
quality, affordable housing that meets their specific needs and allows them to
live close to family and friends."
    "The Government of Quebec is committed to making more affordable housing
units available to the overall low-income population. That's why I am proud of
the financial support that the government provided to this housing project
that will allow families from Montréal's Chinese community to enjoy a pleasant
living environment that will be conducive to their growth," said Jacques
    "The members of the Coopérative d'habitation Chung Hua showed initiative
in developing a second phase of 15 new social and community housing units
allowing low-income households to live in Montréal's Chinatown. They are
therefore contributing to the socio-economic mix in the sector and helping to
strengthen the presence of Montréal's Chinese community," said Cosmo Maciocia.
    Borough of Ville-Marie Mayor Benoît Labonté had this to say about the
development of these units: "Social cohesion, in the borough of Ville-Marie,
requires that we encourage all forms of diversity. For housing in particular,
this diversity is of utmost importance."
    The construction of Phase II of the Coopérative d'habitation Chung Hua,
which required investments of more than $2 million, was completed thanks to
the participation of public and community partners. Just over $1.2 million was
provided under affordable housing agreements signed between Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ).
    CMHC and the SHQ both provided just over $490,000. The City of Montréal,
for its part, contributed a sum of more than $245,000 under its agglomeration
jurisdiction. This amount is repaid by the Montréal Metropolitan Community
(MMC) out of the social housing fund to which the 82 municipalities on its
territory contribute, including the City of Montréal, which provides almost
half of the funding.
    As well, an amount of $116,000 in financial assistance was granted under
the Renovation Québec program. This sum was provided in equal shares by the
SHQ and the City of Montréal, under its agglomeration jurisdiction. The City
funded close to 80 per cent of the municipal share, while the other 15
municipalities on the Island of Montréal provided the rest. The balance of the
investment is being assumed by the housing cooperative through a mortgage loan
secured by the SHQ.
    The development of this project is part of the Government of Quebec's
initiative to achieve its objective of producing 22,000 new social, community
and private housing units for low- and moderate-income households, by 2008.
    The Government of Quebec housing initiative is notably supported by
federal funds made available under affordable housing agreements.
    The federal government and the Government of Quebec signed two agreements
to increase the supply of affordable housing in Quebec. These agreements
provide for a total contribution of $473 million, with $236.5 million from the
federal government and an equivalent sum on the part of the Quebec government
and the municipalities participating in the Affordable Housing Québec and
AccèsLogis Québec programs.

    Phase II of the Coopérative d'habitation Chung Hua is a project that is
part of the Solidarité 5000 logements operation that increased the number of
affordable housing units for low-income households.

For further information:

For further information: Jonathan Trudeau, Press Assistant, Office of
the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, (418)
691-2050, (514) 873-2622; Jean-Jacques Bédard, Communications Officer,
Communications and Citizen Relations, City of Montréal, (514) 872-3393;
Sources: Hélène Bégin, Communications Advisor, Communications Société
d'habitation du Québec, (418) 643-5033; Sophie Crête, Communications and
Marketing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (514) 496-4025; Darren
Becker, Press Assistant, Office of the Mayor and the Executive Committee, City
of Montréal, (514) 872-6412

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