Canada and Ontario invest in affordable housing in Kingston

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

An investment of $625,000 will bring new affordable housing development to Kingston for individuals and families who are currently at risk of homelessness.

Construction is underway on a new 40-unit, mixed-income apartment building on Wright Crescent, with five units being funded through the federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing Program. The project will have a mix of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and bachelor units, and is expected to be completed by Fall 2021.

“Home is a place of safety and refuge. Our government is dedicated to housing more Canadians which is why we are proud to have invested in this development in Kingston,” said Adam Vaughan, parliamentary secretary to the minister of families, children and social development.

“These new units are more than just safe and affordable places to live, they are key to a better life for the residents who call them home.”

The federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing Program gives local communities flexibility to address local housing needs by funding new rental construction, home repairs, housing allowances, rent supplements or home ownership.

“We know that people across Ontario are struggling to find affordable housing they need,” said Steve Clark, minister of municipal affairs and housing. “This investment in a new 40-unit community housing complex will create more homes for the people in Kingston who need it most.”

As communities continue to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, officials say this funding will help those most in need find stable housing and access support services, such as counselling, addiction services and life-skills training.

The Investment in Affordable Housing Program is designed to give local service managers and Indigenous program administrators the flexibility to select which program components they would like to participate in based on local housing needs in their communities.

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