DAUPHIN, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2013) - The Governments of Canada and Manitoba will provide $2.4 million to the Kinsman Villa Group to help develop 40 units of affordable housing for seniors at the Mountain View apartment complex.
Manitoba's Minister of Finance, Stan Struthers, on behalf of Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross and Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) made the funding announcement today in Dauphin.
"By building more affordable housing we are helping seniors stay close to their families and friends," said Struthers. "When seniors can be assured of safe, high-quality housing, they can continue to live with dignity and maintain strong roots in their communities."
"Our Government is committed to working with Manitoba to develop and implement local solutions to housing," said MP Sopuck. "This investment will continue to help residents of Dauphin access safe and affordable housing that meets their needs."
"This project addresses an urgent need for more affordable seniors housing in our area. This is being made possible by the great partnership between the governments of Canada and Manitoba, along with the City of Dauphin, the Kinsmen Villa Group and all future tenants who will call Mountain View Villa their home," said Bev. Sarkonak, Project Manager for Mountain View Villa Inc.
Mountain View Villa will be a three-storey, 41,440-square-foot complex located on a three-acre site on Whitmore Avenue East in Dauphin. The villa will provide 29 two-bedroom and 11 one-bedroom apartment homes with a private patio or balcony and in-suite laundry. The units will be designed for accessibility and will meet Power Smart standards. The Villa is a senior's life-lease project.
The funding comes as a result of the $62 million Investment in Affordable Housing 2011-2014 Agreement between the Governments of Canada and Manitoba. The Province of Manitoba will use the funds under the new agreement to build more affordable housing and upgrade existing housing to ensure low-income Manitobans can provide safe, stable homes for their families.
The Government of Canada, through CMHC, will invest approximately $2 billion in housing this year. Of this amount, $1.7 billion will be spent in support of almost 605,000 households living in existing social housing. In Manitoba, this represents some 40,700 households. These investments are improving the quality of life for low-income Canadians and households living in existing social housing, including individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, seniors, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal people.
HOMEWorks! is Manitoba's long-term housing strategy. Under this strategy, the province, through Manitoba Housing continues to make significant investments in social and affordable housing. The province has committed to the development of 1,500 affordable housing units across the province and is well underway towards the construction of over 1,000 of these homes. HOMEWorks! supports ALL Aboard, Manitoba's poverty-reduction strategy, by increasing the supply of quality, affordable housing for low-income Manitobans. More information about HOMEWorks! is available at www.gov.mb.ca/housing.
To find out more about how the Government of Canada and CMHC are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca.