SUDBURY, ON, April 16, 2019 /CNW/ - Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. That is why, in May 2018, the Government launched the National Housing Co-Investment Fund (NHCF), the largest program of its kind in Canadian history.
Today in Sudbury, Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), announced a federal government financial commitment of over $1.36 million for the expansion of Wade Hampton House, involving the construction of a new building, that will include six one-bedroom apartments and six congregate living units designed to accommodate Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) residents.
Thanks to this commitment by the NHCF, a pillar initiative of the National Housing Strategy (NHS), and to the investments of other partners, notably the Government of Ontario and the City of Sudbury, this project by March of Dimes Canada Non-Profit Housing Corporation (MODC-NPHC) will provide affordable and supportive homes to at least 12 individuals with ABI.
The full-time on-site services and support available to the tenants will help them regain skills and persue areas of daily living that are meaningful to them, while focusing on maximizing community integration and independence.
MODC-NPHC was established in 1992 to develop and promote affordable supportive housing for people with physical disabilities. It currently operates five affordable supportive housing projects in Ontario, providing 86 units to those in need.
March of Dimes Canada's Supportive Housing Program offers a variety of community-based living options. They provide inclusive models of independent living that enable people with disabilities to exercise choice and control over their daily lives and engage fully with their communities.
"Our Government's investment in supportive affordable housing here in Sudbury is helping to improve the quality of life of individuals with disabilities, and also contributing to the social well-being of the entire community." – Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury
"Our Government is dedicated to helping those in need, which is why we are proud to be investing in this project. Wade Hampton House is more than just a safe and affordable place to live, it is a key to a better life for the residents who will soon call it home." – Marc Serre, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt
"March of Dimes Canada is extremely grateful for the federal government's commitment of $1.36 million to enable people with acquired brain injuries in Sudbury to live more independently in their community." – Leonard Baker, President of March of Dimes Canada Non-Profit Housing Corporation
"Supportive housing for those with acquired brain injuries is in short supply and I am thrilled that all levels of government and the community have come together to support the amazing Wade Hampton Home Project. These affordable and supportive housing units will make a tremendous impact in the work of March of Dimes Canada and most importantly in enriching the quality of life for those living with an A.B.I. who need it." – Brian Bigger, Mayor of Sudbury
- With its new building, MODC-NPHC aims to achieve energy savings of 35% and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 39% compared to the NECB 2015.
- Dedicated to meeting the needs of people with physical disabilites, common areas and all the units will be accessible.
- All 12 units will be affordable and will have a rent representing less than 80% of the median market rent.
- With a budget of $13.2 billion, NHCF gives priority to projects that help those in greatest need, including women and children fleeing family violence, seniors, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, those dealing with mental health and addictions, Veterans and young adults.
- Through the NHCF, the Government of Canada will work with partners to build up to 60,000 new affordable homes and repair up to 240,000 existing affordable and community homes over the next 10 years.
- Investments are also planned in the NHCF to create or repair at least 4,000 shelter spaces for victims of family violence and create at least 7,000 new affordable housing units for seniors and 2,400 new affordable housing units for people with developmental disabilities.
- Under the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. For more information, visit our website or follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
- To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
For further information: Valérie Glazer, Press secretary, Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, 613-220-1841, [email protected]; Spencer Magee, Public Affairs, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 647-244-0040, [email protected]