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Federal government supports RHI projects in Peel, east Toronto

Federal government supports RHI projects in Peel, east Toronto

TORONTO — The federal government has announced two Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) projects to create affordable housing in the GTA.

Recently, the government announced funding for the redevelopment of the former Grand Motel property in Scarborough, located at 4626 Kingston Rd. The project involves the renovation of the motel and the addition of a new five-storey, 64-unit modular building, which is expected to begin construction in the coming weeks.

Upon completion of the modular building, a total of 86 new affordable homes with supports will be available at the site stated a release.

The project was funded with an allocation of $22.5 million in RHI money. The motel renovation is now complete and will begin accepting residents in August.

Construction of the new modular building will be completed by summer 2023.

The buildings will consist of studio apartments with a bathroom and kitchen and will include shared amenities such as laundry, a commercial kitchen, a dining area, a communal area and programming space.

Fred Victor, a charitable organization that works with victims of poverty and homelessness, will provide full-time onsite staffing as well as health-related services and community development programs.

Government officials have also announced federal spending of $53.3 million to create 113 new affordable units through the RHI in Peel Region.

The three projects will support people in Peel Region who are in uncertain housing situations including homelessness, stated a release.

Located at 5 Rutherford Rd. in Brampton, the first project will convert a former hotel into a total of 67 affordable residential units including 17 transitional housing units for youths aged 16 to 24.

The second project, located at 25 Thomas St. in Mississauga, will create 40 affordable, supportive units for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, people of colour, people with mental health or addiction issues, and single women and their children.

The third project will be located at 3023 Parkerhill Rd. in Mississauga. The six-unit modular building will help provide support for vulnerable seniors.

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