People in Antigonish, who struggle on low income, will soon have access to more affordable housing.
Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia,along with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, today, July 29, announced $100,000 in federal and provincial funding for the construction of four new homes.
“This investment will make a real difference in the lives of people, families and those with disabilities who want to stay in this vibrant community, and we’re pleased to support it,” said Ms. Bernard. “I can’t emphasize enough the important role community groups play to help ensure that Nova Scotians who live on lower incomes have access to homes that are right for them, at prices they can afford. This project exemplifies what can be achieved through community leadership and partnership.”
The first phase of Riverside Estates will be a new multi-family building with two two-bedroom units and two one-bedroom units. Both ground floor apartments will be barrier-free and will meet the needs of persons with disabilities.
“The Government of Canada is helping to make affordable housing available in Nova Scotia and across the country for those who need it most,” said Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova. “Through this great project in Antigonish, governments are working together to implement local solutions to local housing challenges and helping to meet the needs of seniors, singles and families who live on low income.”
The Antigonish Affordable Housing Society–a non-profit organization and registered Canadian Charity, which began in 1993 to help provide housing solutions to people who struggle with low income–will be managing and operating the development. The group is already planning for the construction of 10 more units.
“This development will offer affordable housing that is safe, secure, energy efficient and accessible. Most importantly, it will provide a sense of community for the residents,” said Colleen Cameron, chair of the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society. “Research shows that housing like this, when well-designed and maintained, not only helps the families and individuals who live there, but has a positive effect on the entire community.
“We are so pleased with the support to date, and commit to working hard to provide more affordable housing, since the need in this community is great.”
The Town of Antigonish donated land for the development, and the County of Antigonish has pledged $100,000 over five years, $60,000 of which has already been received. The Sisters of St. Martha has committed $100,000. The Canadian Alternative Investment Foundation (CAIF) has also contributed towards the initiative. Construction will begin once the Society puts out a call for tenders and hires a contractor in the coming weeks.
For more information about Nova Scotia’s New Rental Housing program, visit http://www.housingNS.ca/programs/programs-developers-affordable-housing/new-rental-housing