MONCTON, NB, March 2, 2020 /CNW/ - Thanks to investments made by the Government of Canada, residents of Moncton with physical and mental disabilities will soon have access to more safe, affordable, and accessible places to call home.
Today, The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with Member of Parliament, Ginette Petitpas Taylor announced that the federal government is investing over $1.4 million for the renovation 34 apartments and construction of 6 new accessible apartments, located at 36 High Street in Moncton.
All 40 units will have rents at a weighted average of 34.8% of median market rent in Moncton, and 25% will be fully accessible. This project will feature 24-hour on-site attendant assistance services, so that residents are able to live independently, and provides affordable housing options close to public transit (0.70 km).
This project by The MacDonald Centre for Independent Living, a part of the Comfort Life Network, is a not-for-profit agency serving people with disabilities in New Brunswick since 1983. The Centre is receiving funding through CMHC's National Housing Co-Investment Fund (NHCF), a National Housing Strategy program delivered by CMHC that supports the creation of homes that are more accessible for people with disabilities and more affordable for Canadians.
"It is with great pleasure that our Government, through the National Housing Strategy, is supporting organizations like the Comfort Life Network's MacDonald Centre for Independent Living, here in Moncton, so that collectively, we are better able to create more accessible and more affordable homes for Canadians." – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
"Our Government is, and will remain dedicated to assisting community leaders like the Comfort Life Network in our collective goal of putting a roof over the heads of the most vulnerable populations of Moncton. These new units are more than just safe and affordable places to live, they are key to a better life for the residents who will call them home." – The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe
"I am very pleased that for the next 20 years, the MacDonald Centre for Independent Living will continue its vocation of providing services to people in need of an accessible and affordable living environment in the Greater Moncton area. We are very grateful to CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) and to the government of New Brunswick without whom this project would not have been possible. We hope to have the opportunity to continue this collaboration in future projects for the benefit of New Brunswick residents." – Ronald LeBlanc, Executive Director, Comfort Life Network
- The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS), an ambitious 10-year, $55 billion plan that will create 125,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 percent.
- The NHS is built on strong partnerships between federal, provincial and territorial governments, and on continuous engagement with others, including municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, and the social and private sectors to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.
- 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.
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SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
For further information: Maya Dura, Senior Special Assistant, Communications, Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, 873-354-8265, [email protected]; Audrey-Anne Coulombe, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Media Relations, 613-748-2573, [email protected]