New Affordable Rental Homes for Indigenous Peoples in Hamilton
Hamilton, ON -- The federal and provincial governments are proud to celebrate affordable rental housing for Indigenous residents in Hamilton as part of National Aboriginal Day.
The celebration of a six-unit apartment complex at 274 Main Street West in Hamilton was held today on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit and the Haudenosaunee. The facility provides affordable and accessible housing for Indigenous individuals and families.
Sacajawea Non-Profit Housing received $660,000 from the Canada-Ontario Investment in Affordable Housing agreement to support the development.
Ted McMeekin, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ancaster--Dundas--Flamborough--Westdale, on behalf of the Honourable Chris Ballard, Ontario's Minister of Housing and the Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy made the announcement along with a representative from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
- Sacajawea Non-Profit Housing builds and maintains housing for low- to moderate-income Indigenous families.
- With their on-staff expertise, Sacajawea also provides referrals to services for Indigenous clients, helping them access the supports they need.
- After being damaged by a fire, the facility at 274 Main Street was restored and redeveloped into affordable housing.
- Seventy-eight per cent of First Nations adults living in Hamilton earned less than $20,000 per year according to the 2014 study, Unmasking Health Determinants and Health Outcomes for Urban First Nations Using Respondent Driven Sampling.
- 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.
- Investing in affordable housing programs is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives. Since 2003, the province has committed more than $5 billion in funding for affordable housing, which has helped support more than 22,000 new affordable rental housing units, more than 335,000 repairs and improvements to social and affordable housing units and rental and down payment assistance to more than 93,000 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 by 2025.
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“Through investments in affordable housing, our Government is providing assistance to those who need it most here in Ontario and in all corners of the country. We are committed to making communities stronger through projects like these.”
Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
“Ontario is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous organizations and the federal government to support projects like this in our community that address the unique housing challenges and needs of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples.”