Investing In Peel Communities
Provincial funding announcement celebrated at Fletcher’s Creek Co-op
MISSISSAUGA -The Honourable Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Region of Peel celebrated the recent announcement of $5.5 million in funding for capital repairs to social housing units in Peel. The announcement was held at Fletcher's Creek Co-operative in Mississauga - a 79-unit townhouse co-op that will receive $2.5 million for much-needed roof repairs, window replacements and improved ventilation systems.
"Ontario families should be able to live in homes that are safe, affordable and in good condition," said Minister Watson. "This funding will help increase the quality of life for Peel Region's most vulnerable households."
"I know that the people who live at Fletcher's Creek will benefit from this funding," said Mississauga-Streetsville MPP Bob Delaney. "I am proud to be part of a government that is making real investments in affordable housing."
The March 2008 provincial budget included $100 million to improve the condition of existing social housing units. The Region of Peel has proposed that its share of the funding ($5.5 million) be used for capital works projects at Fletcher's Creek Co-op in Mississauga, Northwood Park Co-op in Brampton and for other housing providers in Peel that have a demonstrated need or have little or no capital reserve left.
"We are pleased that the province is committed to helping us improve our affordable housing
situation in Peel Region," said Chair Emil Kolb, Region of Peel. "The Region looks forward to strengthening our partnerships with the federal and provincial governments to help families continue to live in a home they can enjoy."
"As the Regional Councillor of this ward, it's great to have the Minister here so he can see for himself the benefits that some of this funding will have," said Regional Councillor, Carolyn Parrish. "Anyone who lives in a house knows that after 25 years you have to spend money to keep the place up. We were at the point where, if we don't spend some serious money, we're going to be in trouble."
Addressing the needs identified by housing providers in Peel would mean a greater life expectancy of affordable housing units, in addition to improving energy efficiency and the value of the property and community life.
"This funding will help many families and residents who have long awaited for repairs to their units," said Paul Palleschi, Regional Councillor and President of Peel Living. "We are looking at more sustainable and environmentally feasible options for major renovations of affordable housing projects in the community."
At Fletcher's Creek, the Region's plans for sustainable and energy-efficient repairs will not only reduce demands on the environment but will also benefit co-op members with a reduction in their energy consumption. The installation of PVC window frames, ventilation systems and shingles will help prevent leaks, mould and improve insulation and air circulation in the units.
Northwood Park Co-operative in Brampton will also undergo major capital repairs totalling $1.5 million. Changes to roofing materials, eaves and downspouts, and improved furnace efficiency have been recommended as priorities for this project.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.