Construction Begins on Affordable Housing Projects in London

    LONDON, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government of
Ontario, and the City of London today celebrated the start of construction for
78 new affordable rental units in two London projects. These projects are
supported by over $5 million in funding through the Canada-Ontario Affordable
Housing Program.
    Bev Shipley, Member of Parliament for Lambton-Kent Middlesex, on behalf
of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social
Development; Khalil Ramal, MPP for London-Fanshawe, on behalf of the
Honourable Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Mayor Anne
Marie DeCicco-Best, on behalf of the City of London; and affordable housing
sponsors Robert Sexsmith of Huron Pines Housing Co-op Inc. and Greg Playford
of Homes Unlimited Inc. attended the ceremony.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP
Shipley. "Here in London, these new rental units will help low and moderate
income families, singles and individuals with special needs access safe,
affordable and quality housing, helping them to build a stronger future."
    "Our government knows we can better serve Ontario's most vulnerable by
combining our resources and experience," said MPP Ramal. "We are pleased to
work with our federal and municipal partners to increase the quality and
availability of affordable housing in London."
    Today's announcement recognized two affordable housing projects in
London, with a combined total project cost of $10.6 million:

    -   A 26-unit project soon to be under construction. The $3.9 million
        project, sponsored by Huron Pines Housing Co-Op Inc., received $1.8
        million under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The
        units will be occupied by individuals, families and people with
        special needs.

    -   A 52-unit project soon to be under construction. The $6.8 million
        project, sponsored by Homes Unlimited Inc., received $3.6 million
        under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The units will
        be occupied by families and individuals with special needs.

    The federal and provincial allocations to the projects were complemented
by over $1.3 million in municipal financial incentives.
    "This is an extremely important day for London, as we celebrate another
important step in our community's fight against homelessness," said Mayor
DeCicco-Best. "By working together with all levels of government to address
the growing national need for more affordable housing, we will be able to
positively change the lives of those most vulnerable in our community, and
across the country."

    The Canada - Ontario Affordable Housing Program 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 further information:

For further information: Susan Monic, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 250-2745; Adam Grachnik, Minister Jim Watson's Office,
(416) 585-6492; Louise Stevens, City of London, (519) 661-2500 ext. 5727;
Keith Extance, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-7021

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