WHITEHORSE, Jan. 14, 2019 /CNW/ - Two new homes in Porter Creek are ready for Yukon Housing Corporation tenants to move in. The duplex includes two 1000 ft2, two-bedroom units that are accessible, energy efficient and built to an EnerGuide 85 rating.
These units replace a social housing unit that was not feasible to repair. Yukon Housing Corporation will own and operate these homes as part of the rent-geared-to-income program, which houses families and individuals from the Yukon Housing Corporation wait list.
Funding for this project came from the Northern Housing Fund under the National Housing Strategy.
"This new addition to our social housing rental stock made good use of our existing property in Whitehorse by replacing a single family home with a duplex. This energy efficient duplex will keep two families safely and securely housed for many years to come." — Minister Responsible for Yukon Housing Corporation Pauline Frost
"The peace of mind that comes with having a secure and stable home is invaluable. This is why our Government is glad to be involved in the creation of these brand new homes, which will provide two families in Porter Creek with high quality, energy efficient and accessible housing. I'm glad to see we are making progress in tackling housing affordability, all while supporting the local economy." — Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon
- Construction of the units cost approximately $551,000. Landscaping will take place in summer 2019.
- The Yukon Housing Corporation has over 700 social housing units in 14 Yukon communities where tenants pay Rent-Geared-to-Income rates, or 25% of their gross income for rent.
- In addition to social housing units the Yukon Housing Corporation offers a rent supplement program that subsidizes rent for families and individuals who are eligible for social housing, but have a home in a private market rental.
- The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS)—an ambitious 10-year, $40 billion plan that will create 100,000 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
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, please visit cmhc.ca or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
For further information: Media contacts: Valérie Glazer, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, 819-654-5546, [email protected]; Janine Workman, Cabinet Communications, 867-393-7449, [email protected]; Sarah Murray, Communications, Yukon Housing Corporation, 867-334-8712, [email protected]; Gabriel Teo, Public Affairs, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 604-737-4137, [email protected]