NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 14, 2016) - The Governments of Canada and Ontario, along with the Regional Municipality of York, are celebrating the official opening of new affordable housing for individuals and families in York Region. The event took place at Belinda's Place, located at 16580 Yonge Street in Newmarket. The facility provides 37 units for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Kyle Peterson, Member of Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with the Honourable Chris Ballard, Ontario's Minister of Housing, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy and Member of Provincial Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora, made the announcement today.
- The Belinda's Place Foundation was formed in 2007 and, with the support of the community, raised $1 million.
- Municipal contributions provided more than $7.6 million to the project.
- The Governments of Canada and Ontario contributed more than $1.3 million to Belinda's Place through the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
- The event also celebrated the official opening of six additional new housing projects in York Region, which support a variety of people, including seniors, persons with disabilities and survivors of domestic violence:
- Richmond Hill Hub, which received $23.3 million for 202 total units of affordable housing in Richmond Hill for seniors, singles and small families with a mix of incomes, as well as transitional housing in the youth hub;
- Crescent Village Senior Housing Corporation, located at 138 Yorkland Street in Richmond Hill, which received $4.2 million for 28 units of affordable housing for seniors;
- DeafBlind Ontario Services at 22 St. George Street in Georgina, which received $640,428 for four units of affordable housing for residents with hearing and vision challenges;
- Lakeside Residences at 17 The Queensway in Keswick, which received $12.5 million in funding for 97 units of affordable housing;
- Hesperus Fellowship Village at 1 Hesperus in Vaughan, which received $4,2 for 60 units of affordable housing for seniors, residents with mental challenges and survivors of domestic violence; and,
- Kingsview Court at 90 Dew Street in King City, which received $4.7 million for 39 units of affordable housing for seniors.
"Our Government is investing in affordable housing here in York Region and across Canada to help create jobs and improve the quality of life for those who need it most. Thanks to the combined efforts of our partners, we are able to give a helping hand to individuals in need, and in doing so, we are contributing to the economic and social well-being of the entire community." - Kyle Peterson, Member of Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora
"Ontario is helping give people a safe and affordable place to call home. When individuals and families have a roof over their heads and the supports they need, they are able to realize their full potential. Stable homes help to build stronger foundations for York Region." - Chris Ballard, Ontario Minister of Housing and Member of Provincial Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora
"Today we officially open the doors to Belinda's Place and the Richmond Hill Hub and reinforce the Regional Municipality of York's commitment to strengthening our homelessness and housing stability system. York Region is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada and through continued, sustainable and collective investments, we will remain steadfast in identifying and developing innovative long-term financial solutions for increasing housing options for all York Region residents." - Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and CEO, York Region
"Belinda's Place began with a bold vision of hope and new beginnings for the growing number of women without homes in York Region. Without hesitation, our community embraced the challenge of raising more than $1 million to help make this dream a reality. Today, less than a decade later, we're not only celebrating the opening of this incredible facility, but also what can happen when a caring and compassionate community and government work together for a better future."
- Debora Kelly, President, Belinda's Place Foundation
- Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been helping Canadians meet their housing needs for more than 70 years. As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of CMHC's operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca.
- Ontario continues to build new affordable housing and repair existing units for Ontarians with housing needs. Since 2003, the province has committed more than $4 billion in funding for affordable housing, which has helped support more than 20,000 new affordable rental housing units, more than 275,000 repairs and improvements to social and affordable housing units and rental and down payment assistance to more than 90,000 households in need. These investments complement the commitments made through Ontario's recent Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy update, and support the province's goal of ending chronic homelessness in 10 years. For more information on Affordable housing in Ontario, visit www.ontario.ca/affordablehousing.
- Canadians are invited to help shape the National Housing Strategy by joining the conversation on www.LetsTalkHousing.ca. Your ideas will help shape the future of housing in Canada.
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