KINGSTON, ON, March 16, 2018 /CNW/ – More families, seniors and people living with mental illness and addictions will now have a place to call home in Kingston and the Thousand Islands region. The federal and provincial governments are investing over $9 million to create 78 affordable housing units.
Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with Sophie Kiwala, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kingston and the Islands on behalf of the Honourable Peter Milczyn, Ontario’s Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, made the announcement today. Bryan Paterson, Mayor of the City of Kingston also participated.
The announcement took place at an official announcement for Addiction and Mental Health Services’ 35 Lyons Street location, which will include 23 affordable housing units.
Other affordable housing developments in Kingston, Brockville, Gananoque and Lansdowne were celebrated at the event.
“Through investments in affordable housing, our Government is providing assistance to those who need it most here in the City of Kingston and the Thousand Islands region and in all corners of the country. We are committed to making communities stronger through projects like these. These investments help create new jobs and stimulate the local economy, while providing access to safe, affordable homes for Canadian seniors, families and individuals.” – Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands
“Our government is helping people in Kingston and the Thousand Islands region have a safe and affordable place to call home. Not only does it help individual families thrive, it strengthens our entire community.” – Sophie Kiwala, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kingston and the Islands
“I’m pleased to learn that the Government of Ontario and Government of Canada are announcing funds for 23 units in Kingston designated for supportive housing for individuals experiencing addiction and mental health challenges. A key priority for Kingston City Council is to advance affordable housing to meet the diverse and evolving housing needs in our community. I’m glad we can work together to move these housing initiatives forward and ensure everyone in the community has access to affordable housing.” – Bryan Paterson, Mayor of the City of Kingston
“Housing security is an essential part of ensuring people living with mental health and addiction issues achieve and maintain recovery; in particular supportive housing. This new affordable housing initiative will ensure those most in need have a place to call home. This is as much about creating community as it is building badly needed affordable housing. AMHS-KFLA is grateful to the Provincial and Federal government as well as the City of Kingston for assisting with the funding for this project.” – Don Seymour, Chief Executive Officer, Addiction & Mental Health Services – Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington
Ten projects will provide affordable housing for individuals and families in Kingston and the Thousand Islands region.