SHERBROOKE, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 17, 2016) - Les Habitations Michel Lapierre 3 is celebrating the official opening of its 12-unit affordable rental housing complex for young adults living with an intellectual or physical disability. The complex comprises two buildings, each with 6 units that are fully adapted to the needs of these clients.
This is the first project of its kind in the borough of Fleurimont and the third complex bearing the name of Michel Lapierre in the area. These supportive housing units provide a vibrant and stimulating living environment for their occupants. The two buildings were constructed in a wooded area, and their architectural design with wood and stone facades gives them a distinctive appearance. Each residence has a small community room, and the project is located near public transit.
The ceremony took place today in the presence of Guy Hardy, Member of the National Assembly for Saint-François, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region; Robert Y. Pouliot, Acting Mayor of Sherbrooke; and Nathalie Demers, Regional Manager, Quebec Affordable Housing Centre, at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
- Through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ), the governments of Canada and Quebec provided more than $840,000 for the construction of these two buildings, under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement (IAH 2014-2019).
- An amount of $24,000 was granted by the Bureau de l'efficacité et de l'innovation énergétiques of the Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles to ensure that the buildings would meet Novoclimat certification standards.
- The City of Sherbrooke provided $342,000 for the development of the project.
- More than $206,000 in additional financial assistance over five years, assumed by the SHQ (90 per cent) and the City of Sherbrooke (10 per cent), enables all the tenants to benefit from the Rent Supplement program, ensuring that they will not pay more than 25 per cent of their income on housing.
- This project received significant financial support from Michel Lapierre and the Fondation Han-Logement.
- The group Han-Logement is responsible for Les Habitations Michel Lapierre 3. This group is a non-profit organization with the mission of improving the housing conditions of modest-income persons with disabilities and seniors. Since 2002, this group has contributed to the construction of 72 affordable housing units in the area.
"The peace of mind that comes with having a secure and stable home is invaluable. Our government is proud to participate in the official opening of these 12 units that will provide affordable and quality housing while supporting the local economy. We wish to thank the government of Quebec and the various partners involved in this project."
- The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
"I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the tireless work of the directors and volunteers of the group Han-Logement, which has been involved since 2002 in the development of affordable housing to improve the housing conditions of modest-income persons with disabilities and seniors in the area. Your dedication, particularly in this project, makes a significant difference in improving the quality of life of these vulnerable people."
- Guy Hardy, Member of the National Assembly for Saint-François
"This project is a source of great pride for the City of Sherbrooke. In addition to providing affordable housing to a vulnerable client group, it promotes civic engagement and social inclusion-values that we hold dear."
- Bernard Sévigny, Mayor of Sherbrooke
- 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 its operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca.
- 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.
- The SHQ's mission is to facilitate citizens' access to appropriate housing conditions. Each year, thanks to its programs and many partners, the SHQ helps more than 229,000 Quebec households. To get more information on the programs and services offered by the SHQ, to find out more about its activities and achievements or to get advice on housing, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/english.html.
- Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region, invites social and community housing stakeholders to take part in the public consultation on the new housing approach that he intends to adopt over the coming years. To share your views or find out the details and the schedule of the consultation tour, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca (in French only).