Genesis Court officially opens

    ST. CATHARINES, ON, June 28 /CNW/ - Canada's New Government, the
Government of Ontario, Niagara Region, the City of St. Catharines and Niagara
Regional Housing held a plaque-dedication ceremony today to mark the official
opening of a new supportive housing development in St. Catharines. Genesis
Court, funded under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program, provides 40
affordable rental units to single people and families.
    Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, 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; Niagara Regional Chair
Peter Partington; and St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan attended the
    "Canada's New Government is working to ensure funding is available for
important projects such as this one which addresses the need for affordable
housing in communities across the country," said MP Dykstra. "The opening of
Genesis Court will help those families and individuals in St. Catharines who
are working towards building a better and stronger future."
    "Genesis Court is where residents gain immediate stability and the tools
to build a better future," said Bradley. "The McGuinty government is committed
to funding projects that provide safe and supportive housing to those who need
it. By working with partners like Niagara Regional Housing and Bethlehem
Projects of Niagara, we are investing in a brighter future for
St. Catharines."
    The $4.8 million project, including $1.2 million from the Canada-Ontario
Affordable Housing Program, will provide 40 apartments in St. Catharines. The
Government of Canada also funded an additional $200,000 towards the purchase
of the property through the National Homelessness Initiative. Sponsored by the
Bethlehem Projects of Niagara, the units will be occupied by families and
single people with lower incomes.
    "On behalf of Niagara Regional Council, I congratulate Bethlehem Projects
on the opening of Genesis Court," said Partington. "This community provides
much needed housing for vulnerable members of our society and will be a
valuable component of the revitalization of downtown St. Catharines. I am
proud of the contribution the Niagara Region made to this project and commend
all those who contributed to making it a reality."
    "Since its inception, Genesis Court has been an example of
St. Catharines' community at its best. Motivated by compassion for those who
cannot access adequate housing, community partners joined with all orders of
government to provide a solution," said Mayor McMullan. "Genesis Court will
not only improve the lives of its tenants, it will enhance the character and
diversity of our downtown core."
    "I am proud to be associated with Bethlehem Projects and the help and
services we offer people who are disadvantaged," said Tom Kelcey, Chair of
Bethlehem Housing Steering Committee. "The completion of Genesis Court brings
great satisfaction and the combination of moderate rents and quality
facilities make it unequalled in the city. A dream has become a reality for
our many tenants as a result of the investment of our government and community
    The federal and provincial allocation is complemented by more than
$731,000 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: Kathie Howes, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 218-3488; Patti Munce, Office of Minister Gerretsen, (416)
585-6333; Wendy Thompson, Niagara Regional Housing, (905) 682-9201 ext. 3937;
Mayor's Office, City of St. Catharines, (905) 688-5600 ext 1540

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