Housing is fundamental to accessing opportunities. In order to thrive, lower income families and seniors need housing in neighbourhoods with low crime rates, good job opportunities, and economical transportation options.
Affordable housing already exists in many neighbourhoods in Elmwood-Transcona. The creation of new affordable housing developments contributes to the overall economic and social well-being of our entire community.
Habitat for Humanity Manitoba is an organization that understands the need for housing in our community. Safe and quality housing provides stability for families raising children and enhances a family’s sense of dignity and pride. Habitat has built multiple homes in the Elmwood community in the last year and has accomplished this with considerable support from many volunteers and generous community partners. Habitat has also engaged Rockwood Institution inmates in building homes in an effort to help prisoners learn construction skills for future employment upon re-entry into society. Habitat provides hard working families with access to affordable home ownership and a foundation for positive and meaningful change in their lives.
In December of last year, I had the pleasure of announcing a new 92-unit rental housing project in Transcona that will provide safe, affordable homes for low-income families and seniors. The unique rental housing concept, located on Ravelston Avenue, will also enable families to support an aging parent or relative in need of care. The Government of Canada will provide $7.1 million in funding for the Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corporation project.
The Government is helping Canadians access a wide choice of quality, affordable homes, while making vibrant, healthy communities a reality across Canada. This project is great news for people in need of housing in our community.
Creation of affordable and accessible housing strengthens our community and makes it better for everyone. Together we can continue to support projects that make a difference in the lives of others.