So­cial hous­ing to get $6.9M facelift

The Niagara Falls Review - - NEWS -

Money raised through On­tario’s pro­gram to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions is help­ing make Ni­a­gara Re­gion’s so­cial hous­ing stocks health­ier and more en­ergy ef­fi­cient.

Ni­a­gara will re­ceive up to $6.9 mil­lion in pro­vin­cial fund­ing over the next five years for re­pairs and retrofits to its so­cial hous­ing prop­er­ties.

Premier Kath­leen Wynne was at the Flem­ing Cen­tre in Beamsville on Thurs­day to make the fund­ing an­nounce­ment. The in­vest­ment is part of an On­tario-wide pro­gram to im­prove homes for low-in­come and vul­ner­a­ble ten­ants.

“Thou­sands of renters in Ni­a­gara Re­gion and across On­tario de­pend on af­ford­able hous­ing op­tions like the so­cial hous­ing high-rises we are in­vest­ing in to­day,” said Wynne in a me­dia re­lease is­sued fol­low­ing Thurs­day’s an­nounce­ment. “Ev­ery­one in this prov­ince de­serves to have a safe, af­ford­able home where they can live with dig­nity. Our fund­ing to make th­ese build­ings more en­ergy ef­fi­cient will also make them health­ier and more com­fort­able places for peo­ple to live.”

The pro­gram will help re­duce en­ergy bills for so­cial hous­ing providers and re­duce green­house gas (GHG) emis­sions by mak­ing build­ings more en­ergy ef­fi­cient, says the me­dia re­lease. Im­prove­ments in­clude in­stalling en­ergy-ef­fi­cient boil­ers, win­dows, light­ing and in­su­la­tion.

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