Canada and Ontario Invest in Affordable Housing in Kingston
New development will support those at risk of homelessness
Kingston ― The governments of Ontario and Canada are investing over $625,000 in a new affordable housing development in Kingston to help provide individuals and families who are at risk of homelessness the housing and support services they deserve.
Construction is underway on a new 40-unit, mixed-income apartment building on Wright Crescent, with five units being funded through the federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing Program. The project will have a mix of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and bachelor units, and is expected to be completed by Fall 2021.
"Home is a place of safety and refuge. Our government is dedicated to housing more Canadians which is why we are proud to have invested in this development in Kingston. These new units are more than just safe and affordable places to live, they are key to a better life for the residents who call them home," said Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
"We know that people across Ontario are struggling to find affordable housing they need," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "This investment in a new 40-unit community housing complex will create more homes for the people in Kingston who need it most."
The federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing Program gives local communities the flexibility to address their local housing needs by funding new rental construction, home repairs, housing allowances, rent supplements or home ownership.
Ontario is safely and gradually restarting the economy so that everyone can get back to work. As communities continue to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, this funding will help those most in need find stable housing and access support services, such as counselling, addiction services and life-skills training.
- The Investment in Affordable Housing Program provides funding for affordable housing projects across Ontario.
- The Program is designed to give local service managers and Indigenous program administrators the flexibility to select which program components they would like to participate in based on local housing needs in their communities.
- As part of the Community Housing Renewal Strategy, Ontario is investing nearly $1 billion in 2020-21, which will help sustain, repair and grow community housing and help end homelessness across the province.
- Ontario has provided $350 million in funding to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep vulnerable people safe. This includes funding to local service managers and Indigenous program administrators who were given the flexibility to expand the key services they already offer to meet their local needs, including supporting people having a hard time paying rent.