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Seniors lodge expansion to include affordable housing

DCN-JOC News Services
Seniors lodge expansion to include affordable housing

NEWCASTLE, ONT. — The Parkview Seniors Lodge expansion development in Newcastle, Ont. is on the receiving end of $2.6 million in funding from the Ontario government to provide seniors at risk of homelessness in Durham Region affordable housing options.

The three-storey building will include a total of 37 units for seniors — 30 of those will be affordable housing, 10 will be fully accessible and scooter parking will be available. The building will also include a common room and an office space.

The investment is part of the joint federal-provincial Social Infrastructure Fund, which provides local communities with the flexibility to address their local housing needs by funding new rental construction, and providing home repairs, housing allowances, rent supplements or home ownership, indicates a government release. The fund is part of the federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing Program, which provides funding for affordable housing projects across Ontario.

As communities continue to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, funding like this helps those most in need find stable housing and access to support services, such as counselling, addiction services and life-skills training, adds the release.

“As Ontario restarts the economy, we need a strong community housing system that supports our most vulnerable citizens and meets local needs,” said Steve Clark, minister of municipal affairs and housing, in a statement. “Supporting the Parkview Seniors Lodge expansion is a good example of how we are making our community housing system more efficient and sustainable, while ensuring seniors in Durham Region have access to housing they need.”

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