Guelph spending $1.4 million to build affordable housing

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Guelph city council has allocated about $1.4 million to a permanent supportive housing project, approving a request from the County of Wellington.

The project on Shelldale Crescent includes severed lands behind apartment buildings and will be operated by Kindle Communities and Guelph Community Health Centre (GCHC). The property was donated by Skyline Group of Companies and Starlight Investments.

A total of 32 bachelor apartments are included, with common indoor amenity space. The 2022 City of Guelph Affordable Housing request for proposals received two submissions for the development of affordable housing within the City of Guelph.

“As a part of the evaluation process, the county created an RFP evaluation team similar to our approach in previous county-led affordable housing RFPs,” Eddie Alton, County Social Services Administrator wrote in a letter to council.

“The two proposals submitted for the 2022 RFP had a total combined funding ask of over $1.5 million and proposed the creation of 40 units of housing with all 40 units being affordable (below 80% of local average market rent)”.

The project “represents an excellent opportunity to create long term affordable housing options that will also support our community’s goal of ending chronic homelessness,” xx wrote.

The approved Kindle proposal has a $1.4 million cost for 32 affordable supportive housing units. The project is currently in the final stages of an application under the CMHC National Housing Co-Investment Fund.


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