200 New Affordable Rental Units Announced For Nova Scotia

first_img Nova Scotians will soon have access to more affordable rentalhousing. Community Services Minister David Morse and Geoff Regan,federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today, March19, that 200 units of new, affordable rental housing will soon beconstructed under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable HousingAgreement. A provincewide request for proposals under the New Rental HousingProgram will be issued on Wednesday, March 24, invitingcommunity-based organizations and developers to submit proposalsfor the development of new affordable rental housing for singles,families, seniors and people with disabilities. “This program will help ensure that low-income Nova Scotians haveaccess to affordable rental housing in areas that need it most,”said Mr. Morse. “We look forward to working with municipalitiesand other community partners to increase the quantity and qualityof affordable housing in Nova Scotia.” “Vital, healthy communities are a priority of the government ofCanada and by creating new rental housing for low-incomeCanadians, we are helping those in need,” said Mr. Regan. “Thispartnership investment in Nova Scotia ensures much needed newaffordable housing units. I encourage community groups,municipalities and the private sector to come forward with newproposals and resources.” This is the second announcement under the New Rental HousingProgram and the fourth announcement under the affordable housingagreement. The first project was a 15-unit townhouse complex inthe Annapolis Valley completed last fall. It was followed by theconstruction of six semi-detached homes in Halifax under the NewHome Ownership Program and extensive repairs to more than 30homes across the province under the Home Preservation Program. Anannouncement under the fourth program, Rental Preservation, isexpected shortly. It is expected that up to 1,500 affordable housing units will becreated or renovated under the $37.3-million Affordable Housingagreement by 2007. The government of Canada, through CanadaMortgage and Housing Corporation, will contribute $18.6 million.These funds will be matched by the province and other housingpartners as part of a larger strategy to provide a range ofhousing options for Nova Scotians. The request for proposals will be available through the PublicTenders Office at 6176 Young St., Halifax or by calling 902-424-3333. COMMUNITY SERVICES–200 New, Affordable Rental Units Announcedfor Nova Scotialast_img

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