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Ontario Providing More Affordable Housing in Brant County

Abdur Rahman Khan

Provincial investment will support people with accessibility needs in the community

In order to assist people with accessibility needs, survivors of domestic violence, Indigenous people, and their families in the construction of 15 affordable housing units in Paris, which is located in the County of Brant, the Ontario government is contributing $340,000.

The new, four-story high rise, oversaw by the City of Brantford, has a sum of 49 units and will offer open living with obstruction free condos. It includes units made specifically for people with sensory impairments like low vision and hearing. Indigenous people, small families with varying incomes, and survivors of domestic violence are among the groups that can find affordable housing in the apartment building. Subsidies and rent assistance are also being provided to some households.

Will Bouma, MPP for Brantford-Brant, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Matthew Rae made the funding announcement on behalf of Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark.

Matthew Rae, Parliamentary Assistant, stated, “Our government remains committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of income, can find a place to call home.” I am pleased to see this investment from the Social Services Relief Fund being used to build homes in the Paris community that are safe and accessible. This is one of numerous ways our administration is working with our accomplices to more readily address the issues of weak Ontarians.”

On the main floor of the building, there will also be a common area, a laundry room, and parking for electric scooters. Public transportation, grocery stores, pharmacies, schools, and employment opportunities are all within easy reach for residents.

This announcement is part of the province’s Social Services Relief Fund, which has helped municipal service managers and Indigenous program administrators create longer-term housing solutions and assist vulnerable people in Ontario, including those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, with over $1.2 billion in support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative received an additional $260,000 in joint funding from the federal and provincial governments for an additional 15 units.

The Indigenous Supportive Housing Program and the Homelessness Prevention Program receive an additional $202 million from the Ontario government each year, bringing the province’s annual investment to close to $700 million. This includes a $1.84 million increase for the City of Brantford’s Homelessness Prevention Program, which also provides housing services to Brant County, bringing the annual total to $7.02 million.

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