Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

November 18, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Prinzen Flats Apartments in Hamilton

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2010) - The Government of Canada joined with community partners today to officially open a 43-unit affordable housing project today. The newly renovated building will provide affordable housing for low-income families and those with special needs in Hamilton.

Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); project sponsors Homestead Christian Care, along with guests and tenants made the announcement for the new Prinzen Flats at 80 Robinson Street.

"Our government is proud to have contributed to the renovations at Prinzen Flats here in Hamilton," said MP McColeman. "Funding projects like this one not only improves the quality of life of Hamilton residents by keeping their homes safe and affordable, but it also benefits the economic and social well-being of the entire community."

The federal government provided $750,000 to Homestead Christian Care through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Rental Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) to renovate an existing market-rent building, which will now provide 43 units of affordable housing. Homestead Christian Care also contributed $350,000 towards the project through community fundraising efforts.

Rental RRAP provides financial assistance for the repair and renovation of self-contained rental units occupied by low income tenants.

"At Homestead Christian Care, our motto is Hope and Homes," said Jeffrey Neven, Director of Operations, Homestead Christian Care. "As such, we're committed to fostering hope and enabling our tenants to live well. Quality, safe and affordable housing is essential for all of us – with that foundation, we can overcome other challenges and meaningfully contribute to our community."

Homestead Christian Care has provided affordable and supported housing in Hamilton since 1976. Two of Homestead's founders, John and Siny Prinzen, were honoured during the celebration for their long-standing commitment to improving the quality of life of Hamiltonians living with disabilities.

CMHC has been Canada's national housing agency for more than 60 years. CMHC is committed to helping Canadians access a wide choice of quality, affordable homes, while making vibrant, healthy communities and cities a reality across the country.

In 2008, the Government of Canada committed more than $1.9 billion over five years to improve and build new affordable housing and to help the homeless. As a part of this investment, the renovation programs for low-income households, including the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program, were extended for two years. For Ontario this represents almost $73 million in federal funding for renovation programs off-reserve.

Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on this with an additional one-time investment of more than $2 billion to build new and renovate existing social housing for low-income Canadians, plus up to $2 billion in low-cost loans to municipalities for housing-related infrastructure.

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