New Affordable Housing Complex officially opens

    EDMONTON, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - Pino Brothers Affordable Housing officially
opened Italian Village, their new 78-unit, affordable housing rental project,
at 95th Street and 107 A Avenue in Edmonton. This project will provide housing
at below-market rental rates for low-to moderate-income families, individuals
and persons with disabilities.
    Peter Goldring, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-East, on behalf of the
Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development,
Thomas Lukaszuk, MLA for Edmonton-Castle Downs, Councillor Michael Phair, from
the City of Edmonton and Tony and Peter Pino attended a ribbon cutting
ceremony today, which symbolically opened the door to the new affordable
housing complex.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to making affordable housing
available in Alberta and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP
Goldring. "The creation of these new units will allow low-income families and
individuals in Edmonton to live in safe, quality housing at an affordable cost
and start a new page in their lives."
    The project was built, and will be operated by Pino Brothers Affordable
Housing. Funding for the project's construction included $3.9 million from the
Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta, through the Canada-Alberta
Affordable Housing Program.
    "This project is an excellent example of what can be achieved when we
work together to address the housing needs in the community," said the
Honourable Ray Danyluk, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "The
Government of Alberta will continue to work with our partners to provide
affordable housing in Edmonton and throughout the province."
    "We are proud of this project and the positive impact that it is having
on our residents, neighbours and the community," said Tony Pino, co-owner of
Pino Brothers Affordable Housing. "We commend all orders of government and the
community for their assistance and support of this project. We are proud to
play a part in addressing the affordable housing needs in Edmonton."
    The Italian Village project consists of 45 bachelor and barrier free
units, 27-one bedroom units and 6-two bedroom units. All the units are
self-contained and will provide rental rates below current market costs in the
Edmonton area.
    The Canada-Alberta Affordable Housing Program assisted in the creation of
sustainable rental housing for low- to moderate-income Albertans, through the
construction of new or renovated affordable housing units. Under the program
close to $200 million was committed to affordable housing projects throughout
the province that will lead to the development of close to 3,700 units.

    Pino Brothers have been closely associated to the "Little Italy" area of
Edmonton for more than 40 years. They built the Italian Village affordable
housing project on the same spot that their parents opened an Italian grocery
store in the 1960s. As landlords, with more than 40 years of experience, the
Pino Brothers philosophy to treat tenants like their extended family has been
very successful in running a successful business and attracting and keeping
long-term tenants.

For further information:

For further information: Tony Pino, President, Pino Brothers, (780)
721-8669; Robert Storrier, Municipal Affairs and Housing, (780) 427-8862, Dial
310-0000 for toll free access outside Edmonton; Kimberlee Jones, Senior
Communications Consultant Communications, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, Tel: (403) 515-3048

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