SHERBROOKE, QUEBEC, December 19, 2017 — The governments of Canada and Quebec today marked the groundbreaking for the Mon Shack, mes choix, mon avenir community housing project in Sherbrooke. Once built, the two-storey structure will provide 18 transitional housing units for people with mental health issues.
The work should be completed in the summer of 2018. This housing project of more than $2.6 million is being developed by the organization Mon Shack, mes choix, mon avenir. This is the first community housing project in the Estrie region that will offer bilingual services to its clients. In addition to providing affordable housing units, the building will have space on the ground floor for a community room and the organization’s offices.
The ceremony took place in the presence of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Compton–Stanstead, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; Guy Hardy, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Energy and Natural Resources and Member of the National Assembly for Saint-François, on behalf of Lise Thériault, Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing; and Steve Lussier, Mayor of Sherbrooke.
“Our government is committed to helping people both here in Sherbrooke and throughout the country. Once complete, Mon shack, mes choix, mon avenir will provide safe, affordable housing to people with mental health issues here in our community. This is a tangible step towards 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 Government of Quebec is proud to be contributing, with this financial support, to the development of this major affordable housing project in Sherbrooke. I congratulate the directors of the organization Mon Shack, mes choix, mon avenir for having undertaken this project that will improve the living conditions of people with distinct needs in Sherbrooke. Initiatives like this one contribute to the development of entire communities.”
“The City of Sherbrooke is committed to increasing the supply of social and community housing on its territory. In addition to providing affordable housing, the Mon shack, mes choix, mon avenir project will promote civic participation and social inclusion, while helping people with mental health issues to recover and develop their independence. I can only be delighted with this project.”
- Through the SEED Funding program at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the AccèsLogis Québec program offered by the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ), the governments of Canada and Quebec will be providing close to $1.1 million for the construction of the building.
- The City of Sherbrooke is providing more than $365,000 for the development of this project.
- Nearly $310,000 in additional financial assistance over five years, assumed by the SHQ (90%) and the City of Sherbrooke (10%), will enable the tenants to benefit from the Rent Supplement program, ensuring that they will not pay more than 25% of their income on housing.
- An amount of over $30,000 is being granted by Transition énergétique Québec to ensure that the building will meet Novoclimat certification standards.
- 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.
- The SHQ’s mission is to facilitate citizens’ access to appropriate housing conditions. Thanks to its programs and many partners, the SHQ helps more than 231,000 Quebec households. To get more information on the programs and services offered by the SHQ, to find out more about its activities and achievements or to get advice on housing, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/english.html.
Office of Minister Duclos
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Société d’habitation du Québec
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