Pembroke celebrates new affordable housing

    PEMBROKE, ON, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada officially opened
an 18-unit affordable housing project today. Originally an old school, the new
complex will provide affordable housing for low-income individuals and those
with special needs in Pembroke.
    The $1.17M conversion project has 10 units of affordable housing and
eight accessible units for those with special needs.
    Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, on
behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
Development Canada and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (CMHC); Janice Visneckie, former Warden of Renfrew County; and
project sponsors Aurel and Linda Boucher, along with guests and tenants
officially opened the new facility on McKenzie Street.
    "This Government is working hard to support Canadians during these
challenging economic times," said MP Gallant. "With these investments in
Pembroke, we are making an important difference in the lives of some of our
community's most vulnerable citizens. Low-income individuals and those with
special needs now have quality, affordable housing, while remaining close to
their families and friends."
    The federal government provided $624,000 through Canada Mortgage and
Housing Corporation's Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) -
Conversion and RRAP Persons with Disabilities to renovate the school. RRAP -
Persons with Disabilities funded the creation of eight accessible units for
those with special needs. This program provides financial assistance for the
creation of affordable housing for low-income households by the conversion of
non-residential properties into affordable, self-contained rental housing
    Last fall, the Government of Canada committed more than $1.9 billion over
the next five years to improve and build new affordable housing and to help
the homeless. Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on this with an additional
one-time investment of more than $2 billion over two years in new and existing
social housing and lending of up to another $2 billion to municipalities for
housing-related infrastructure.

    As Canada's national housing agency, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (CMHC) draws on over 60 years of experience to help Canadians
access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable, and affordable homes
- homes that will continue to create vibrant and healthy communities and
cities across the country. For more information call 1-800-668-2642.

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For further information: Media Inquiries: Michelle Bakos, Office of
Minister Finley, (819) 994-2482; Jill Noble, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 250-2761

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