Housing experts promote sustainable and affordable housing at community forum

    PETERBOROUGH, ON, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
(CMHC), the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), the City of
Peterborough and the Affordable Housing Action Committee (AHAC) hosted more
than 100 housing industry experts at the "Affordability by Design Forum"
    Housing experts promoted the concepts of efficient building design,
energy efficiency and cost effectiveness as key elements for affordable
housing developments. The forum highlighted the importance of partnerships
amongst community, industry and government to advance the development of
affordable sustainable housing.
    "One of the McGuinty government's fundamental goals is to help to provide
affordable housing for people in this province who need it," said Jim Watson,
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "This forum offers an excellent
opportunity to share ideas and best practices as we look toward the
development of an affordable housing strategy that better meets the needs of
vulnerable people across the province."
    "Forums like this one are an excellent opportunity to work with our
community partners and all levels of government to share ideas and best
practices about affordable housing," said Peter Friedmann, CMHC Ontario
General Manager "This forum has brought together local housing experts not
only to address the issue of affordable housing in Peterborough, but across
the country."
    "Our partners at the City have demonstrated a commitment to providing
affordable housing units to residents of the City and County of Peterborough,"
said Peterborough County Warden Ron Gerow. "We fully support the partnerships
gained through forums such as the Housing Forum 2007 and the cooperative
ventures which will assist us in providing more affordable housing to our
    "Our support for the Housing Forum 2007 is a demonstration of our
commitment to work with partners so that, working together, we can achieve the
ambitious production target of 200 new affordable housing units annually as
identified in our most recent Housing Needs Analysis," stated Peterborough
Mayor Paul Ayotte.
    "Building design is crucial for healthy, energy efficient housing.
However, to be really useful, good design must ensure building and operational
costs remain affordable," said John Martyn, Chair, AHAC. "Today's speakers
have demonstrated practical ways to accomplish this challenging task," he
    This year, under the new Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program
Agreement, $11.27 million in federal-provincial funding was announced and/or
committed for the City of Peterborough. This funding will add six new
affordable housing projects to the city, creating 159 new affordable rental
housing units for lower-income families, singles, and seniors, including
people with disabilities.

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    For more information visit http://www.cmhc.ca

For further information:

For further information: Carlene Siopis, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 529-2710; Adam Grachnik, Office of Minister Watson, (416)
585-6492; Susan Bacque, City of Peterborough, (705) 742-7777, x 1492; John
Martyn, Affordable Housing Action Committee, (705) 745-0096

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