WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is investing $31.2 million in improvements to Manitoba Housing properties across the province.
The funding is an increase of more than $9.6 million over last year’s budget for repair and maintenance of Manitoba Housing’s owned and managed portfolio, a release from the province stated.
“This is an important investment for Manitobans who need affordable housing during these unprecedented times,” said Manitoba Families Minister Heather Stefanson in a statement.
“We are committed to ensuring a safe and suitable range of housing options are available to lower-income Manitobans when they need it. This funding will support upgrades and repairs in units and properties across the province, benefiting hundreds of tenants.”
The investments will include heating, cooling and ventilation projects, structural upgrades and repairs, accessibility improvements and life and safety improvements such as new fire alarms or carbon monoxide detectors. Replacing appliances, door and windows and snow removal and yard work will also be covered in the funding.
The investments will help Manitoba get over 800 otherwise vacant units ready for new tenants including over 400 units in Winnipeg, Stefanson said.
“Our government is committed to making timely investments that ensure the sustainability of social housing over the long term,” said Stefanson. “This multimillion-dollar commitment supports tenants and the community and reflects Manitoba’s plan to responsibly manage provincial assets.”
Manitoba has also invested $2 million in security upgrades at seven Manitoba Housing properties in Winnipeg including 320 security cameras and exterior lighting, intercom and alarm system improvements.
Upgraded properties are located at Dufferin Avenue, Kennedy Street (two properties), Nassau Street, Osborne Street, Marion Street and Young Street and represent 1,025 housing units.
Manitoba Housing owns and manages nearly 13,000 affordable and social housing units in the province and provides support to another 4,000 managed by other organizations.