West Lorne Heritage House celebrates official opening

    WEST LORNE, ON, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government
of Ontario and the Municipality of West Elgin held a ribbon-cutting ceremony
today to mark the official opening of West Lorne Heritage House, an affordable
housing project that will provide 16 units for seniors and individuals with
special needs.
    Joe Preston, MP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the Honourable
Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development; Steve
Peters, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the Honourable Jim
Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Graham Warwick, Mayor
of the Municipality of West Elgin, participated in today's ceremony.
    "Prime Minister Harper and our Government are committed to making
affordable housing more available in Ontario and across Canada for those who
need it most," said MP Preston. "Seniors and low-income individuals in West
Lorne will now have access to quality, affordable housing, while remaining
close to their families and friends in the community."
    "West Lorne Heritage House will help low-income seniors and individuals
with special needs live with dignity and independence," said MPP Peters. "I am
pleased that the federal and provincial governments worked together on this
project to better serve the most vulnerable people in our communities."
    The $2.5 million project, sponsored by West Lorne Heritage Homes Not For
Profit Corporation, received more than $1 million from the Canada-Ontario
Affordable Housing Program. It will provide 16 new apartments at 154 Munro
Street in West Lorne.
    Federal and provincial funding for the project is complemented by more
than $1 million in municipal financial incentives from the Municipality of
West Elgin.
    "West Elgin thanks the federal and provincial governments for supporting
our creative community partnership," said Mayor Warwick. "Heritage House
provides affordable and supportive housing for seniors within walking distance
of village amenities."
    "It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we are officially
opening West Lorne Heritage House," said Harry Mezenberg, Chair of the Board
of West Lorne Heritage Homes Not For Profit Corporation. "The seniors from our
area will finally have a home in which they can retire and stay in their
community. The three levels of government have come through in a huge way to
make it possible and we truly thank them."

    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:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Susan Monic, Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation, (416) 250-2745; Adam Grachnik, Minister Jim Watson's
Office, (416) 585-6492; Elizabeth Sebestyen, City of St. Thomas, (519)
631-9350 ext. 126; Keith Extance, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing,
(416) 585-7021

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