Groups urged to tap af­ford­able hous­ing fund

Mon­sef touts ex­am­ple of Mount Com­mu­nity Cen­tre apart­ment con­ver­sion

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - JOELLE KOVACH EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER

Sta­tus of Women Min­is­ter Maryam Mon­sef en­cour­aged lo­cal hous­ing ad­vo­cates Wed­nes­day to ap­ply for new fed­eral funds to build af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble hous­ing.

Mon­sef toured The Mount Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, which re­ceived $250,000 from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and $250,000 from the prov­ince lately to build five apart­ments and shared com­mon space for peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties.

The Mount is a for­mer con­vent that’s be­ing con­verted into both com­mu­nity space and apart­ments.

Mon­sef spoke to hous­ing ad­vo­cates at The Mount about the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s new Na­tional Co-In­vest­ment Fund, a $13.2 bil­lion fund to help cre­ate and re­pair af­ford­able hous­ing across Canada.

“I know that if we con­tinue to build on the many won­der­ful mod­els in Peter­bor­ough, we’ll be able to get our share of those dol­lars,” Mon­sef said.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are now be­ing ac­cepted, she said, and project fund­ing will be given first to help those in the great­est need.

Mon­sef said those in­clude women and chil­dren flee­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence, se­niors, Indige­nous peo­ples, vet­er­ans and peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties, for ex­am­ple.

She also men­tioned that Peter­bor­ough has a rental va­cancy rate of 1.1 per cent, which is among the low­est rates in Canada.

Mean­while lo­cal hous­ing ad­vo­cates have come up with ways to build apart­ments in places such as The Mount, Mon­sef said.

“You saw so­lu­tions where oth­ers had not be­fore,” she told the peo­ple gath­ered at The Mount on Wed­nes­day, adding that they have changed the lives of in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies for the better.

She then strongly en­cour­aged them to ap­ply for money through the new fund to keep those projects go­ing.

“Let’s get our fair share of dol­lars.” NOTE: To learn more about the Na­tional Hous­ing Co-In­vest­ment Fund, visit www.cmhc-nhs.ca

joelle.kovach@pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

JOELLE KOVACH / EX­AM­INER

Min­is­ter of Sta­tus of Women Maryam Mon­sef met with hous­ing ad­vo­cates at the Mount Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day (in­clud­ing John Mar­tyn, pic­tured here). She was there to tell them how to ap­ply for fed­eral money to cre­ate af­ford­able hous­ing.

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