New affordable housing projects open in Hamilton

    HAMILTON, ON, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - Canada's New Government, the Government of
Ontario and the City of Hamilton held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark
the official opening of St. Elizabeth Home Society, an affordable housing
project that provides rental units for lower-income seniors under the
Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
    Gary Goodyear, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, on behalf of the
Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development;
Judy Marsales, Member of Provincial Parliament for Hamilton West, on behalf of
the Honourable John Gerretsen, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and
Housing; and Ward 1 Councillor Brian McHattie attended today's ceremony.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to providing real housing solutions
for seniors, so that they can continue to live in their communities and be
close to family and friends," said MP Goodyear. "Seniors in Hamilton now have
more access to quality, affordable housing to meet their specific needs."
    "Access to safe and affordable shelter is crucial to seniors and others
in this province," said MPP Marsales. "That's why the McGuinty government is
proud to support the St. Elizabeth Home Society affordable housing project
which will provide Hamilton seniors the opportunity to live with dignity and
independence in their own community."
    The $1.1 million project, including $702,000 from the Canada-Ontario
Affordable Housing Program, will provide 26 apartments at 307 John Street
South in the City of Hamilton. The project is sponsored by St. Elizabeth Home
Society, and the units will be occupied by lower-income seniors.
    Federal and provincial funding was complemented by more than $312,000 in
municipal financial incentives.
    "The St. Elizabeth project is an excellent example of the City partnering
with our federal and provincial governments and the private sector to provide
affordable housing so that seniors are able to remain independent in our
community," said Councillor McHattie. "Multi-sector partnerships for
developments like the one we celebrate today are keys to ensuring that
everyone has a home."
    "As a result of the Affordable Housing Program, we were able to expand
this John Street South site to accommodate more seniors in our community,"
said Robert Wappel, General Counsel for St. Elizabeth Home Society. "This
project speaks to what can be accomplished when community organizations and
the various levels of government work together to ensure our citizens have
safe and affordable places to live."
    In Hamilton, the Government of Canada, through the Canada Mortgage and
Housing Corporation (CMHC), has contributed $9.68 million through the
Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
    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: Beth Bailey, Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation, (416) 218-3355; Patti Munce, Office of Minister
Gerretsen, (416) 585-6333; Jen Recine, City of Hamilton, (905) 546-2424 ext.
7302; Brent Whitty - Affordable Housing Inquiries, Ministry of Municipal
Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-7172

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