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GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

August 23, 2010 09:59 ET

Affordable Housing Units in Caraquet Officially Open

CARAQUET, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2010) - New Brunswick's Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert and the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway celebrated today the official opening of new apartments for low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Caraquet. This project was funded under Phase III of the Canada-New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement.

"We are pleased to work in co-operation with our partners to provide high-quality, affordable homes for low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Caraquet," said Albert. "Affordable housing is a key component of New Brunswick's poverty reduction plan and our housing strategy to ensure New Brunswickers have a quality, energy-efficient place to call home." Albert spoke on behalf of Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock.

The provincial government's housing strategy, Hope is a Home, is a five-year plan to reduce poverty by making housing more affordable. The strategy recognizes the need to build new units of affordable housing, create mixed-income neighbourhoods, revitalize old neighbourhoods and repair and renovate older housing stock.

Hope is a Home and the accompanying homelessness framework, A Home for Everyone, have received national praise. Sean Gabon, President of Raising the Roof and a leader in the fight against homelessness, recently sent a letter to the Department of Social Development commending the province's housing strategy and homelessness framework as being at the forefront of jurisdictions working to provide hope and housing for its citizens.

The $2.4-million 24-unit project located at 270 Savoie Street was completed in November 2009.

"Our Government is investing in affordable housing here in Caraquet, to help create jobs and improve the quality of life for those families who need it most," said Minister Ashfield. "These initiatives will help people in our community access safe and affordable housing that meets their needs."

The units were developed by Habitation Beauséjour Inc., a non-profit corporation. The project received $600,000 under the federal Affordable Housing Trust to offset construction costs, and more than $870,000 in rent supplements from the provincial government for 20 of the units. Under the Canada-New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement, funding is available to private non-profit organizations, co-operatives, and community or private developers interested in developing projects for low-income families, seniors, non-elderly singles, disabled persons and persons with special needs.

This project was built to high energy-efficiency standards, and involved consultation with Efficiency NB. Builders of affordable housing projects for low-income individuals may receive an incentive of $2,000 per apartment unit if the building is heated by low greenhouse gas emission technologies as approved by Efficiency NB.

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  • Department of Social Development
    Tracey Burkhardt
    Communications
    506-444-2416
    or
    CMHC
    Patricia Montreuil
    Communications and Marketing
    506-851-2229
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482