(AGENPARL) – ven 11 giugno 2021 [Ontario Logo]
Ontario Helps Build Affordable Housing in Brantford
Province supports older adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
June 11, 2021
BRANTFORD — The Ontario government is providing $1.25 million to help build 25 affordable housing units for people over the age of 55 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Brantford.
“Our government knows how critical it is to support innovative solutions, like these new modular homes in Brantford, through our $765 million Social Services Relief Fund,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “These modular units can be built fast, allowing us to connect more people to the homes and supports they need. This is critical as we work to keep our most vulnerable residents safe and housed, both during the pandemic and into the future.”
Located at 177 Colborne Street West, the modular units are part of a five-storey apartment complex that is situated on a transit corridor. The location will provide residents with easy access to public transit and the building will include amenities such as bike storage and a small backyard.
“These affordable homes will make a real difference in our community by providing vulnerable residents in Brantford with stability and security, and help them regain their independence,” said Will Bouma, MPP for Brantford—Brant. “This is a great example of how our government is helping to ensure our most vulnerable have a place to call home.”
“We are very grateful to our provincial partners for their support to help us provide more much needed affordable housing options in our community, said Kevin Davis, Mayor of the City of Brantford. “There are currently over 1,700 households on the community housing waitlist, whereby some applicants have a wait of between eight and twelve years. Made more acute by the negative economic impacts of the pandemic, the need for more affordable housing in our community has never been greater.”
“Whether you live in the city or the county, the availability of affordable housing is an issue,” said David Bailey, Mayor of the County of Brant. “Our residents deserve housing that meets their needs and that they can afford. We are grateful for this funding opportunity to support affordable housing and to assist those in need.”
Construction on the new housing complex is expected to be completed by December 2021.
– Brantford has been allocated over $6.7 million in 2020-21 through Ontario’s Social Services Relief Fund which is designed to help municipalities and Indigenous program partners deliver critical services, such as shelters, food banks, funding for rental arrears and housing.