The federal and Ontario governments have announced more than $9 million will be invested to create 78 affordable housing units in Kingston and the Thousand Islands Region.
Families, seniors and people living with mental illness and addictions in the region are set to benefit from ten projects.
“Through investments in affordable housing, our Government is providing assistance to those who need it most here in the City of Kingston and the Thousand Islands region and in all corners of the country,” said Kingston and the Islands MP Mark Gerretsen in a release. “We are committed to making communities stronger through projects like these. These investments help create new jobs and stimulate the local economy, while providing access to safe, affordable homes for Canadian seniors, families and individuals.”
In Kingston, Addiction and Mental Health Services’ 35 Lyons Street location – the site of this past week’s government announcement (pictured, under construction in November 2017, above) – will include 23 affordable housing units with $2,740,542 in funding.
An investment of $1,342,500 will provide 10 units at 645 Brock Street; $1,200,000 to create 10 units at Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation – 28 Cliff Crescent; $750,000 toward9 units at Dawn House Services and Housing for Women; and $500,225 toward 8 rentals at 720 Princess Street.
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MPP Sophie Kiwala described having stable and secure housing as a key factor in determining social well-being and health, along with access to education and employment, adding “Not only do these investments help individual families thrive, they strengthen our entire community.”
“I’m pleased to learn that the Government of Ontario and Government of Canada are announcing funds for 23 units in Kingston designated for supportive housing for individuals experiencing addiction and mental health challenges,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson. “A key priority for Kingston City Council is to advance affordable housing to meet the diverse and evolving housing needs in our community. I’m glad we can work together to move these housing initiatives forward and ensure everyone in the community has access to affordable housing.”
Pleased that the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada announced funding for affordable housing across #ygk! This is a priority for council and I'm glad all levels of government are working together to ensure everyone has a place in Kingston's future! pic.twitter.com/cNiWDECFOe
— Bryan Paterson (@MayorPaterson) March 16, 2018
Brockville also received $2,217,685 to create 18 affordable rental units at three locations while Landsdowne and Ganonoque will get one new rental each at $150,000per unit.