Part­ners share vi­sion for af­ford­able homes

Christina Had­dad

Ottawa Sun - New Homes - - HOMES - Christina Had­dad is the Vi­cePres­i­dent of Pub­lic Af­fairs at Canada Mort­gage and Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion.

“When Phil and Bob started talk­ing about this pro­ject, we knew we wanted to be in­volved,” says Scott Hen­der­son, a hous­ing preser­va­tion coun­sel­lor with Cana­dian Men­tal Health Association. “What they have come up with is dy­namic and a great fit for us.”

Phil and Bob have a long road ahead, but they find strength in work­ing to­gether.

“As a small agency, this part­ner­ship with Phil gave us con­fi­dence that we can move for­ward,” says Bob. “He’s got the ex­per­tise, he’s got the back­ground, and he’s got a cou­ple of build­ings al­ready he’s work­ing on.”

“It’s been a great work­ing re­la­tion­ship,” Phil agrees. “I think this is some­thing you can take to other com­mu­ni­ties and other places. It’s about learn­ing what can be done. This doesn’t just have to be Bob and Phil. This can be any 2 or­ga­ni­za­tions, non-prof­its or for-prof­its, work­ing with agen­cies and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, and get­ting to­gether and do­ing it. This can be huge.”

This pro­ject re­ceived fund­ing from Canada Mort­gage and Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion and the Gov­ern­ment of On­tario through the Canada–On­tario In­vest­ment in Af­ford­able Hous­ing Agree­ment. Canada Mort­gage and Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion also pro­vided Seed Fund­ing for the pro­ject. For more in­for­ma­tion, fol­low us on Twit­ter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Face­book.

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Bob Cot­trell and Phil Spry are team­ing up to build 32 af­ford­able homes in Belleville.

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