St. Thomas Opens Doors on Affordable Housing

    ST. THOMAS, ON, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government
of Ontario, and the City of St. Thomas today celebrated the opening of 23 new
affordable rental units. This project is supported by over $1.5 million in
funding through 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 Honourable Jim Watson, Minister of
Municipal Affairs and Housing; Mayor Cliff Barwick; and affordable housing
sponsor Nick Ostojic of Novi Construction Limited attended the ceremony.
    "Prime Minister Stephen Harper and our Government are committed to making
affordable housing available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need
it most," said MP Preston. "The Scott Street project here in St. Thomas, will
help low-income families and individuals with special needs access safe,
affordable and quality housing, helping them to build a stronger future."
    "The provincial government recognizes the fundamental responsibility to
support the most vulnerable people in our communities," said MPP Peters. "For
individuals on limited or fixed incomes, this is an opportunity to live in a
safe, affordable home."
    Today's announcement recognized the official opening of the Scott Street
Apartments. The $2 million project, sponsored by Novi Construction Limited,
received over $1.5 million under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing
Program. The 23 units will be occupied by seniors, families and individuals
with special needs.
    The federal and provincial allocations to the project were complemented
by almost $500,000 in municipal financial incentives.
    "Affordable housing is in great demand. With the co-operation of the
Federal and Provincial governments we can see these needs being met," said
Mayor Barwick. "This building is a splendid asset for our community,
particularly in the core area."

    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: Susan Monic, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 250-2745; Adam Grachnik, Minister Jim Watson's Office,
(416) 585-6492; Sandra Datars Bere, Director, St. Thomas-Elgin Ontario Works &
Social Housing, (519) 631-9350 ext. 128; Keith Extance, Director, Housing
Division, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-7021

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