Feds giving Niagara Region $10.5 million to create affordable housing

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Published July 9, 2021 at 8:23 pm

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When Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen pops into Niagara Region for an upcoming visit, he won’t be coming empty-handed.

Today, the government announced it would be giving Niagara $10.5 million to be used in the creation of 41 new affordable housing units in the region.

Regional Chair Jim Bradley said the cheque from the federal government was timely.

“Affordable housing is an urgent problem in Niagara,” said Bradley in a release.

“At the end of June, there were nearly 7,000 individuals and families waiting for geared-to-income housing,” he continued. “To this end, residents who live in these units will not have to pay more than 30 per cent of their income to secure a home.”

He said the $10.5 million will allow the Region to continue to provide “critical support to those most at risk of becoming homeless. This investment will make a meaningful impact on addressing our housing waitlist in Niagara.”

He said that addressing Niagara’s housing and homelessness challenge is a key priority for this term of council and “one that I am keen to continue working on.”

“While we are still finalizing the details of how these funds will be spent,” he continued, “I want to assure the community that these new units will be in our community quickly as we work to alleviate the housing and homelessness burden in Niagara.”

(YouTube photo courtesy of Niagara Region)

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