Heritage House celebrates official start of construction

    WEST LORNE, ON, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - Canada's New Government, the Government
of Ontario and the Municipality of West Elgin held a sod-turning ceremony
today to mark the official start of the construction of Heritage House, which
will provide 16 new units of supportive affordable housing for seniors and
single persons.
    Joe Preston, MP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the Honourable
Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development;
Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Steve Peters, on behalf of Municipal Affairs and
Housing Minister John Gerretsen; and Graham Warwick, Mayor of West Elgin,
participated in today's ceremonies.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to increase the availability of
affordable housing for those who need it the most," said Mr. Preston. "This
project will provide better access to quality, affordable homes for low-income
individuals and seniors in West Lorne."
    "The McGuinty government firmly believes that every person in this
province has the right to safe, healthy and affordable shelter," said MPP
Peters. "Heritage House is an excellent example of the positive impact that
community organizations and government can have when they work together. It
represents hope for a better future for the people who will call it home."
    The $2.2 million project, sponsored by West Lorne Heritage Homes Not For
Profit Corporation, received more than $1.1 million from the Canada-Ontario
Affordable Housing Program. It will provide 16 new apartments at 154 Munro
Street in West Lorne.
    The federal and provincial funding for the project is complemented by
more than $622,000 in municipal financial incentives from the Municipality of
West Elgin.
    "The Municipality of West Elgin is making a significant investment but we
need to provide housing alternatives for our seniors or they will be forced to
move to other communities," said Mayor Graham Warwick. "Our seniors are vital
to the community and deserve to be able to have the option of staying near
family and friends in their retirement."
    "The idea for Heritage House came out of a need for quality affordable
housing in West Lorne," said Harry Mezenberg, Chair of West Lorne Heritage
Homes. "We are very grateful to the federal, provincial, and local government
for their assistance and very appreciative of all the generous donations from
individuals, service clubs, churches, and corporations for helping make this
    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 inquiries: Arlene Etchen, Communications
Consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (416) 209-8345; Patti
Munce, Office of Minister Gerretsen, (416) 585-6333; Malcolm Ross,
Municipality of West Elgin, (519) 293-3822; Brent Whitty - Affordable Housing
Inquiries, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-7172

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