Hellenic community celebrates construction of affordable housing for seniors

    HAMILTON, ON, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Canada's New Government, the Government of
Ontario and the City of Hamilton held a ceremony today to celebrate the
construction of the Hellenic Community Seniors' Residence, an affordable
housing project that will provide rental units for lower-income seniors under
the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
    Gary Goodyear, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, on behalf of the
Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development;
Judy Marsales, Member of Provincial Parliament for Hamilton West, on behalf of
the Honourable John Gerretsen, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and
Housing; and Mayor Fred Eisenberger attended today's ceremony.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to providing real housing solutions
for seniors, so that they can continue to live in their communities and be
close to family and friends," said MP Goodyear. "Seniors in Hamilton will soon
have more access to quality, affordable housing to meet their specific needs."
    "The McGuinty government is committed to helping Ontario seniors - the
people who built our communities," said MPP Marsales. "That's why we are proud
to partner with the different levels of government and community organizations
to create affordable housing that will allow seniors to live with dignity and
    The $4.7 million project, including $2.5 million from the Canada-Ontario
Affordable Housing Program, will provide 39 apartments at 37 Strathcona Avenue
North in the City of Hamilton. The project is sponsored by Hellenic Community
of Hamilton and District, and the units will be occupied by lower-income
seniors and people with disabilities.
    Federal and provincial funding was complemented by more than $1.4 million
in municipal financial incentives.
    "This project demonstrates the City's commitment to partnering with the
federal and provincial governments and the private sector to provide
affordable housing to those citizens who need it," said Mayor Eisenberger.
"This particular development, which will provide affordable housing to
lower-income seniors, would not have been possible without these partners, and
is a great example of the ongoing revitalization we are seeing in our Lower
City neighbourhoods."
    "The Hellenic Community has saved for a long time so we may complete a
community project. It is exciting to see the move-in date come closer, and we
appreciate the support of our federal, provincial and City of Hamilton
partners in making this possible," said Nathan Hondronicols, President of the
Hellenic Community of Hamilton and District.
    In Hamilton, the Government of Canada, through the Canada Mortgage and
Housing Corporation (CMHC), has contributed $9.68 million through the
Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
    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: Media Contacts: Carlene Siopis, Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation, (416) 529-2710; Patti Munce, Office of Minister
Gerretsen, (416) 585-6333; Office of the Mayor, City of Hamilton, (905)
574-3733; Susan Bacque - Affordable Housing Inquiries, Ministry of Municipal
Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-7021; Jen Recine, City of Hamilton, (905)
546-2424 x7302

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