Thu Aug 9, 2018 8:00am EST

DRUMMONDVILLE, QC, Aug. 7, 2018 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Lise Thériault, Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region are proud to announce that the Habitation SM Drummond project is now completed. The building provides 14 units of affordable housing for people with mental health issues. Its development required investments of over $2.3 million.

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The Réseau d'aide le Tremplin (RALT) is behind the construction of this building, located near downtown, which will include permanent housing and supportive transitional housing units. Of the 14 units, 4 will be adapted for people with reduced mobility. The building also has a community hall.

The RALT is a community and alternative organization that led to the implementation of a new mental health intervention model in Quebec. The model is based on the participation of the community in assisting people with mental health issues. The creation of affordable housing resources is one of the areas of focus of the RALT and the Habitations SM Drummond is being added to the other resources already implemented in Drummondville by the organization over the past few years.

Quotes

"Our government is committed to helping people in Drummondville and throughout the country. The Habitations SM Drummond provides 14 safe and affordable units to members of the community dealing with mental health issues. This is a tangible step toward our ambitious goal of ensuring that more Canadians have access to housing that meets their needs. Projects such as this also contribute to stronger, more inclusive communities."—The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

"Thanks to this financial assistance that provides them with quality affordable housing in a safe environment, our government directly helps individuals in need. I applaud the Réseau d'aide le Tremplin, which works for the well-being of people with mental health issues in Quebec. Through their work and dedication, the network members will allow tenants to get the housing resources needed to improve their living conditions."—Lise Thériault, Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region

"This project is instrumental for our community and we welcome its completion. It now increases the number of social housing units for our citizens with distinct needs. I want to recognize the quality of the services offered by the team of the Réseau d'aide le Tremplin, a well-established organization in our community. Its services meet some of the actual needs of our population. Universal accessibility remains at the heart of municipal initiatives."—Alexandre Cusson, Mayor of Drummondville

Highlights

  • This project received over $900,000 in funding from CMHC and the SHQ under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
  • The City of Drummondville invested $100,000 in the project.
  • Additional financial assistance of $240,940 over five years, assumed by the SHQ (90%) and the City of Drummondville (10%), enables all the tenants to benefit from the Rent Supplement program, ensuring that they will not pay more than 25% of their income on housing.
  • Some of the other contributors included the Fonds de développement régional ($50,000), the Réseau d'aide le Tremplin ($35,000) and the Société de développement économique de Drummondville ($25,000).
  • Transition énergétique Québec provided $28,000 to ensure that the building met Novoclimat certification standards.

About CMHC and the SHQ

CMHC has been helping Canadians meet their housing needs for more than 70 years. As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of its operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca.

The mission of the SHQ is to meet the housing needs of Quebec citizens, by providing affordable and low-rental housing and offering a range of assistance programs to support the construction, renovation and adaptation of homes and access to homeownership. As a leader in housing, the SHQ fosters the development of partnerships with communities, collaboration among sector stakeholders and innovation. To find out more about its activities, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/english.html.

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SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation



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