CARMACKS, YT, Nov. 16, 2018 /CNW/ - The Governments of Canada and Yukon officially opened two new accessible duplexes in Carmacks today. The homes located at 104 and 106 Tantalus Drive are part of Yukon Housing Corporation's rent-geared-to-income housing stock.
This is Yukon Housing Corporation's first seniors' accessible housing project in Carmacks. It will support Aging in Place, a collaborative Yukon-wide effort that allows seniors to live in their home community as they age.
The project is a partnership between Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Yukon Housing Corporation and cost $1.03 million, with funding provided through the Canada-Yukon Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement (Social Infrastructure Fund). The units are energy efficient and built to EnerGuide 85 rating.
"To modernize our housing stock in Carmacks, we've built two new accessible duplexes to help seniors age in place. We can now add Carmacks to our list of communities that have purpose built seniors' housing units."
— Minister Responsible for Yukon Housing Corporation Pauline Frost
"Every Canadian should be able to retire in dignity. This is why, we have taken actions to support seniors including restoring the retirement age from 67 to 65, increasing GIS and OAS. Our Government recognizes how important it is for seniors to be able to live independently, close to their families and friends. These modern, accessible, purpose-built units are another example of the concrete steps we're taking to ensure that senior citizens from this community have access to safe and secure housing that meets their needs." — Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon
- Each two-bedroom unit is 1000 ft2, barrier-free and accessible.
- To be eligible for seniors' social housing in rural Yukon, household income must be under the Household Income Limit of $80,104.
- All new multi-unit seniors' social housing buildings are energy efficient and have accessibility features such as grab bars, walk-in showers, wide doors and hallways for walkers and wheelchairs to enable seniors to age in place and maintain independence.
- Seniors currently in Yukon Housing Corporation housing may relocate to these units if they desire housing that better suits their mobility needs.
- 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
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SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
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