$53 million from feds will build 113 affordable housing units in Mississauga, Brampton


Published July 15, 2022 at 11:01 am

affordable housing Mississauga and Brampton

Plans are moving forward for 113 new affordable housing units in Mississauga and Brampton that will put roofs over the heads of people facing homelessness, single women and their children and others facing a wide array of issues.

The new housing, being delivered through the federal government’s Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) at a cost of $53.3 million, was announced this morning (July 15) at a press conference in Mississauga.

Of the 113 affordable housing units, 67 will be built in Brampton and 46 in Mississauga spread over three projects.

Two of the projects are in Mississauga:

  • 40 affordable, supportive units for people who are homeless (or at risk of homelessness), racialized groups, people with mental health or addiction issues and single women and their children are being built at 25 Thomas St. in Streetsville
  • a six-unit modular building at 3023 Parkerhill Rd. (off Dundas St. W., just east of Mavis Rd.) will help provide critical support for vulnerable seniors

The third project will convert a former hotel at 5 Rutherford Rd. in Brampton into 67 affordable homes for those who are homeless or at risk. It includes 17 transitional housing units for youth aged 16 to 24.

The projects, to be completed in the next 12 months, will also open doors to housing for some people living in temporary shelters.

While the new projects will provide 113 new units, that’s a drop in the bucket when considering that more than 22,000 people in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon are currently on the wait list for affordable housing.

Region of Peel officials say many on the list will be waiting several years before finding an affordable place to live.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, who was on hand for the announcement, said safe, affordable and supportive housing is badly needed in the region and elsewhere.

“Access to housing is a pressing concern for our residents, and it’s critical that all levels of government continue to work closely together to develop solutions,” she said in a statement, adding such projects as those announced today are “an important step forward in building stronger communities and in our pandemic recovery.”

Mississauga Centre MP Omar Alghabra, also the federal transport minister, said through the RHI Ottawa is delivering affordable housing to help improve quality of life for those who need it most.

“Members of our community earning a lower income now have access to an affordable place to call home,” he said.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation officials, who oversee the projects, say the new housing units in Peel and other similar projects across the country will also create thousands of jobs in the housing and construction sector.

The RHI is a $2.5-billion program under Canada’s National Housing Strategy to help address the urgent housing needs of vulnerable Canadians, especially in the context of COVID-19, through the rapid construction of over 10,000 units of affordable housing.



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