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Government of Canada Invests in Housing To Fight Homelessness in West Nipissing

NICKEL BELT-GREATER SUDBURY – Today in Sturgeon Falls, Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Rural Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), announced a federal government financial commitment of over $2.16 million for the West Nipissing Housing Development being developed by Ontario Aboriginal Housing Support Services Corporation.

Through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund (NHCF) the Government is investing $1.67 million and has a financial commitment of $490,000 through the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund. The West Nipissing Housing Development, when completed, will provide 14 new affordable homes meant for those who identify as Indigenous and are at risk of homelessness.

Ontario Aboriginal Housing Support Services Corporation is a non-profit organization with a mandate to provide safe and affordable housing to urban and rural Indigenous, Inuit and Métis people living off- Reserve in Ontario. Their vision is to lead the design, development and delivery of a sustainable and culturally appropriate continuum of housing that promotes excellence in the community and organizational infrastructures.

“We are proud to be a supporter of this innovative project. The West Nipissing Housing Development will help some of the most vulnerable in our community by providing a safe place to call home for those who are at risk of homelessness. Through the National Housing Strategy, our government has an ambitious goal of reducing chronic homelessness in Canada by at least 50%. The work being done here by Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services is one more step towards achieving that goal.”
Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Rural Economic Development

“Six of these innovative units are funded by the province’s Indigenous Supportive Housing Program. We have contributed $900,000 to this project through this program, which offers both capital and operating dollars to Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services to increase the supply of supportive housing units for Indigenous people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It provides both a home, and the supports people need to remain in that home, in a way that respects Indigenous culture and beliefs.”
Vic Fedeli, MPP Nipissing and Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trades

“Affordable housing is in high demand throughout the region and northern Ontario. This housing project is a partnership of all stakeholders. West Nipissing is always receptive to
partnerships that contributes to our social economic needs.”
Joanne Savage, Mayor of West Nipissing