SHERBROOKE, QC, June 28, 2018 /CNW/ - An official groundbreaking was held today for Maison L'AncrÂge in Sherbrooke. The future building, built through the AccèsLogis Québec program of the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ), will have 20 affordable housing units for seniors. This housing project spearheaded by the La Rive Gauche housing cooperative, will require over $3 million in investments.
The groundbreaking took place in the presence of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Compton−Stanstead, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; Luc Fortin, Minister of Families, Minister responsible for the Estrie region and Member of the National Assembly for Sherbrooke, on behalf of Lise Thériault, Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing; Guy Hardy, Member of the National Assembly for Saint‑François; and Paul Gingues, Deputy Mayor of Sherbrooke.
"Through investments in affordable housing, our Government is providing assistance to both the Sherbrooke community and throughout the country. We are proud to be a part of the building of Maison l'AncrÂge and especially pleased that, once complete, it will offer 20 new units for the active seniors in the area. It is through collaboration that these projects take shape and we could not be more proud to work alongside Canadians to meet these essential housing needs." —Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Compton−Stanstead
« The realization of a project of this magnitude requires the commitment and hard work of many people. I thank all those who believed in this project as being a place to live and a community for the elderly. Thank you to both the Quebec government and Canadian government and to the City of Sherbrooke for the financial support necessary to make Maison L'Ancrâge a reality.» - Guy Hardy, député de Saint-François.
"The City of Sherbrooke is committed to increasing the supply of social and community housing on our territory. And, in addition to providing affordable housing, Maison L'AncrÂge will foster civic participation and social inclusion. This co-operative wonderfully reflects the status of senior-friendly municipality with which Sherbrooke has been proudly associated since 2005. Indeed, it is with initiatives like this one that we promote the active aging of our seniors." —Steve Lussier, Mayor of Sherbrooke
- Through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ), the governments of Canada and Quebec are providing nearly $1.2 million for the construction of this housing project, under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
- The City of Sherbrooke is contributing close to $320,000 for the development of this project.
- Transition énergétique Québec will provide $47,340 to ensure that the building will meet Novoclimat certification standards.
- La Rive Gauche housing cooperative is contributing $20,000 to this project.
- The project received an additional $10,000 from CMHC's Seed Funding program.
- Half of the tenants of this housing project will benefit from the Rent Supplement Program, ensuring that they will not spend more than 25% of their income on housing. This additional financial assistance of nearly $172,100 over five years will be assumed by the SHQ (90%) and the City of Sherbrooke (10%).
- In addition, the SHQ will support this project by providing a $1.5 million loan to the organization as a source of additional funding.
About CMHC and the SHQ:
- 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 www.cmhc.ca or follow CMHC on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
- The mission of the SHQ is to meet the housing needs of Quebec residents through an integrated, sustainable approach. As a leader in the field of housing, it is recognized for its commitment to improving quality of life for many residents, its partnership with communities, its diversified service offering, its expertise and its innovative projects. Over the past year, more than 231,000 households have received assistance from the SHQ.
- To get more information on the programs and services offered by the SHQ, to find out more about its activities and achievements or to get advice on housing, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/english. Follow the SHQ on Twitter and Facebook.
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
For further information: Sources: Michael Brewster, Office of Minister Duclos, 613-220-5956, [email protected]; Karl Fillion, Press Officer for the Minister of Families and Minister responsible for the Estrie region, 418-643-2181; Louis Longchamps, Political Advisor, Office of the MNA for Saint-François, 819-565-3667; Information: Public Affairs, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 514-283-3679; Sylvain Fournier, Communications, Société d'habitation du Québec, 418-643-4035, ext.1113, [email protected]