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Tuesday April 27th, 2010

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The government of Canada has donated more than $1.8 million to affordable housing in Windsor- Essex County.

Windsor  started the restoration of 15 new affordable housing units this month with the support of funding from the government of Canada, the government of Ontario, and the city of Windsor. The project is supported by $1.8 million through the Canada- Ontario affordable housing program.

Jeff Watson, MP, said he is pleased to be involved with the plans and program.

“This achievement gives hope to residents who need quality affordable housing that meets their needs, this announcement comes on the heels of a couple of other very important achievements in Windsor,” said Watson.

Commitments and agreements were made totaling over $301 million from each of the two senior levels of government. In total the federal, provincial and municipal governments will have invested at least $734 million in the program. The overall plan is to add 20 thousand households to the project across Ontario to help reduce the homeless population.

Watson said other recent announcements are of equal importance and should not be forgotten, including the notice of joint funding for the province of Ontario benefiting community living Essex- County. This specific venture aims to provide affordable housing for people with intellectual disabilities.

With the success of the affordable housing project comes additional jobs, strengthening of the economy in Windsor and providing a safe and affordable place to call home for low income families.
Watson says the project is moving along quickly in order to improve the housing in Windsor for homeless persons,  as soon as possible.

“With the current economic situation it’s more important than ever that we work together and keep moving forward,” said Watson.

Ontario is presently rolling out a total of 39 quick start projects. The Government of Canada wants to make certain that families with predetermined incomes will be more likely to live with distinction and remain in their current communities, according to Jennifer Cline, Windsor- Essex Homeless Coalition representative.

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