WELLAND, ON, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - Canada's New Government, the Government of
Ontario, Niagara Region, the City of Welland and Niagara Regional Housing held
a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the official opening of a new
affordable housing development in Welland. The Dr. Peter Grant Haven of Hope,
named in memory of a St. Catharines psychiatrist, provides 28 apartments at
176 - 178 King Street in Welland for single people who are in need of
Dean Allison, Member of Parliament for Niagara West-Glanbrook, on behalf
of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social
Development; Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable
John Gerretsen, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Councillor Brian
Baty on behalf of Niagara Regional Chair Peter Partington; and Welland Mayor
Damian Goulbourne attended the ceremony.
"Canada's New Government is committed to providing housing solutions in
Welland and in communities across Ontario," said MP Allison. "The Dr. Peter
Grant Haven of Hope will provide safe and supportive housing for those people
in need, so they can begin to build a better, safer, and stronger future."
"The Dr. Peter Grant Haven of Hope will provide a place to live
independently and with dignity," said Bradley. "The McGuinty government is
committed to funding projects that help Niagara's most vulnerable residents
with their housing needs. By working with partners like Niagara Regional
Housing and Gateway Residential and Community Support Services, we are
investing in a brighter future for people in Welland."
The $3.1 million project, including over $851,000 from the Canada-Ontario
Affordable Housing Program (AHP), is sponsored by the Gateway Residential and
Community Support Services of Niagara Inc.
"This new 28 apartment complex is a wonderful example of what can be
accomplished when we work together," said Mayor Goulbourne. "A special thank
you to Gateway Residential & Community Support Services for their continued
efforts to provide members of our community with supportive housing; being
able to live independently and be an active part of our community will surely
enhance the quality of life of those that will reside here."
"At Gateway we are thrilled to officially open twenty-eight new units of
safe, secure and affordable rental housing," said Gateway Executive Director
John Osczypko. "By providing permanent housing and ongoing, flexible support
services on-site, our residents are able to live independently and develop as
vital members of the Welland community."
The federal and provincial allocation will be complemented by more than
$340,000 in municipal financial incentives.
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 further information:
For further information: Angelina Ritacco, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 218-3332; Patti Munce, Office of Minister Gerretsen, (416)
585-6333; Wendy Thompson, Niagara Regional Housing, (905) 682-9201 ext. 3937;
Mayor's Office, City of Welland, (905) 735-1700, ext. 2101