New affordable housing units open in Oxford County

    WOODSTOCK, ON, June 17 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government
of Ontario and the County of Oxford today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to
mark the official opening of 12 new units at Homestead Christian Care's
Blossom Park Supported Independent Living Apartments, an affordable housing
project that provides rental units for lower-income families and individuals
under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
    Dave Levac, Member of Provincial Parliament for Brant, on behalf of the
Honourable Jim Watson, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing;
Oxford Warden Paul Holborough; Woodstock Mayor Michael Harding; and federal
officials attended the ceremony.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP
Dave Mackenzie, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human
Resources and Social Development Canada. "Here in Woodstock, these new
apartments will help lower-income families and individuals access safe,
affordable and quality housing, helping them to build a stronger future."
    "Affordable housing is a key part of the McGuinty government's strategy
to build stronger communities and a stronger Ontario," said MPP Levac. "This
project will help lower-income individuals with special needs live with
dignity and independence in their own communities."
    The $2 million project is sponsored by Homestead Christian Care and
received a total of $1 million under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing
Program. The addition will provide 12 new units of affordable housing for
low-income individuals with special needs. The federal and provincial
allocations to the project were complemented by more than $475,000 in
municipal financial incentives.
    "Homestead Christian Care and its commitment to Oxford County residents
is to be applauded," said Warden Holborough. "Affordable housing remains a
priority with the County and on behalf of the citizens of Oxford, I would like
to congratulate all who participated and will continue to participate in this
successful venture."
    "On behalf of the city of Woodstock, I congratulate Homestead Christian
Care on the development of this facility," said Mayor Harding. "In cooperation
with all levels of government, the faith community has come forward and
provided a much needed service to our community."
    "Homestead Christian Care appreciates the help of our supporting
community, the City of Woodstock and Oxford County, and both the federal and
provincial governments for making this new facility possible financially,"
said Grace Miedema, Community Support Coordinator for Homestead Christian
Care. "These new 'supported living' units will help towards our goal of
providing hope and homes to members of our community who are often
marginalized by mental illness."

    The Canada - Ontario Affordable Housing Program 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:

For further information: Audrey Kim, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 218-3448; Adam Grachnik, Minister Jim Watson's Office,
(416) 585-6492; Paul Beaton, County of Oxford, (519) 539-9800 Ext. 3301; Keith
Extance, Director, Housing Programs Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and
Housing, (416) 585-7021

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