THOROLD, ONT. — The governments of Canada and Ontario have announced they are allocating $475,000 to build community housing in Thorold and St. Catharines for Indigenous people living off-reserve.
The funding will be delivered through the Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative (OPHI), indicated a July 29 statement.
The proposed site for the Oonuhseh Niagara Native Homes project is on Ormond Street in Thorold. The allocation, administered through Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services, will be used to build five new homes, including a duplex in Thorold and a triplex in St. Catharines.
Two homes on the lower floor of the Oonuhseh-Oakdale Ave. triplex in St. Catharines will be wheelchair accessible, with wider entrances, lower countertops and washrooms with accessible features.
“Our government is dedicated to housing more Canadians which is why we are proud to have invested in these developments in Niagara Region. These new units are more than just safe and affordable places to live, they are key to a better life for the residents who call them home,” commented Adam Vaughan, parliamentary secretary to the minister of families, children and social development, in a statement.
The Ontario government also announced it is spending $2.2 million on supportive housing for those at risk of homelessness in Niagara Region.
The new 24-unit Oakdale Commons development in St. Catharines will include 15 supportive housing units, four of which will be fully accessible. The new building will include a community room, kitchen, public washroom and laundry facilities for residents, as well as a community garden and access to a city-operated playground beside the site.
Programming will include onsite support from the YWCA Women’s Resource Centre which provides skills development programs, such as financial literacy, healthy relationships, employment related programs and cooking.