New affordable housing opens in St. Thomas

    St. Thomas, ON, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government
of Ontario and the City of St. Thomas held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to
mark the official opening of the Steele Street Apartments, an affordable
housing project that provides rental units for lower-income families and
individuals under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
    Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf
of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social
Development; Steve Peters, Member of Provincial Parliament for
Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the Province of Ontario; Mayor Cliff
Barwick and Alderman Lori Baldwin-Sands.
    "Our government is committed to making affordable housing available in
Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP Preston. "The
creation of these units will allow lower-income families and individuals in
St. Thomas to live in safe, quality housing at an affordable cost, helping
them to start a new page in their lives."
    Steve Peters said "these additional spaces represent hope and new
beginnings for twelve families in our community. I am pleased that the federal
and provincial governments worked together to provide this funding."
    The $1.2 million project, including $828,000 from the Canada-Ontario
Affordable Housing Program, will provide 12 apartments at 78 Steele Street in
the City of St. Thomas. The project is sponsored by Walter Ostojic & Sons
    Federal and provincial funding was complemented by $179,478 in municipal
financial incentives.
    "The City of St. Thomas is very grateful to the federal and provincial
governments for providing financial assistance under the Canada-Ontario
Affordable Housing Program," said Mayor Cliff Barwick. "This new apartment
building will provide much-needed affordable housing for twelve families in
the community."
    The new Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement comprises a
commitment of $301 million from each of the two senior levels of government.
In total, the federal, provincial and municipal governments will invest at
least $734 million in the program, which will provide affordable housing for
20,000 households in Ontario.

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For further information: Media Contacts: Carlene Siopis, Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation, (416) 250-3297; Adam Grachnik, Office of Minister
Watson, (416) 585-6492; Sandra Datars Bere, City of St. Thomas, (519) 631-9350
ext. 128; Brent Whitty - Affordable Housing Inquiries, Ministry of Municipal
Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-7172

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