Brantford's John Noble Home completes $3.3 million in renovations to affordable seniors' housing

    BRANTFORD, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - Seniors in Brantford will have access to more
affordable rental housing today with the official opening of two newly
renovated wings at the John Noble Home, now known as Bell Lane Terrace. The
26 new apartments feature accessible and affordable accommodation for seniors,
and for the spouses of residents living in the long-term care facility.
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Residential
Rehabilitation Assistance Program provided $896,000 to help the John Noble
Home renovate vacant space in their existing facility. This project also
received seed funding and an interest-free proposal development loan from
    "Our government is committed to making affordable housing more available
in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said David Sweet,
Member of Parliament for Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Westdale, on behalf of
the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social
Development. "With the opening of this project, seniors in Brantford will now
have access to quality, affordable rental housing and services to meet their
specific needs, while remaining close to their families and friends."
    "The Council of the County of Brant is pleased to be participating in
this redevelopment project that makes use of a vacant building to provide much
needed affordable housing for seniors and the disabled," said Ron Eddy, Mayor
of the County of Brant.
    "It's been a real pleasure to work with the many partners involved in
this project that have helped this magnificent building come to fruition. The
conversion of this two storey building is a wonderful concept, as it allows
loved ones to be near their families and remain in our community," said Mike
Hancock, Mayor of the City of Brantford. "Finding appropriate housing stock is
always a difficult task and a project like this is certainly a welcomed
addition to the housing stock in our community," he added.
    John Noble Home received funding through RRAP Conversion which offers
assistance to convert non-residential properties into affordable
self-contained rental housing units or bed-units. Funding was also received
under RRAP for Persons with Disabilities, which offers assistance to
homeowners and landlords in order to improve residential accessibility for
low-income individuals with disabilities.
    "The redevelopment of our vacant wing into 26 apartments has provided an
exciting opportunity for the John Noble Home to expand services to the seniors
and the disabled in Brantford and Brant County," said Eleanor Maslin,
Administrator of the John Noble Home.

    As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on over 60 years of
experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally
sustainable, and affordable homes - homes that will continue to create vibrant
and healthy communities and cities a reality across the country. For more
information, visit or call 1-800-668-2642.

For further information:

For further information: Carlene Siopis, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 529-2710; Eleanor Maslin, John Noble Home, (519) 756-2920
ext. 222; Jayne Carman, Mayor's Office, County of Brant, (519) 449-2451; Josie
Mannen, Mayor's Office, City of Brantford, (519) 759-4150 ext. 2213

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