Feds announce additional funding for affordable housing in Hamilton

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Published July 23, 2021 at 4:29 pm

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A few days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Hamilton to announce $10.8 million funding for affordable housing projects, the federal government announced an additional $12.9 million on Friday (July 23).

In total, 94 affordable housing units are expected to be created in Hamilton through the first phase of the Canadian government’s Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI).

“We have seen how COVID-19 has worsened existing housing and homelessness challenges,” said Filomena Tassi, Hamilton MP and Minister of Labour. “Creating housing rapidly to address this housing crisis is a priority for our Government. This new funding is part of our commitment to addressing severe housing needs across the country. It will provide immediate support to create safe and stable housing to thousands of vulnerable individuals and families.” 

Tassi made the announcement, alongside Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Hussen. “Today’s funding through the Rapid Housing Initiative will go a long way to support those who need it most by quickly providing nearly 50 new affordable homes for vulnerable individuals and families in Hamilton to keep them safe. This is one of the ways our National Housing Strategy continues to ensure no one is left behind.” 

In its initial round, the feds say the RHI exceeded its original target of 3,000 permanent, affordable housing units and funded 4,700 units nationally.

An additional $1.5 billion for the RHI was recently announced to create an additional 4,500 units across the country.  

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