The Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec and the City of Gatineau are proud to mark the progress of construction on Square Urbania, a building that will provide 90 social and affordable housing units for people aged 55 and over in Gatineau. This project, an initiative of the organization Habitations de l’Outaouais métropolitain, represents an investment of more than $20.4 million.
The Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ), through its AccèsLogis Québec program, is contributing more than $7.8 million, and the federal government is contributing $1.4 million as part of the Canada – Quebec agreement under the Rapid Housing Initiative. The SHQ is also securing Habitations de l’Outaouais métropolitain's mortgage loan, and the City of Gatineau is contributing nearly $3.5 million to the project.
In addition, the tenants of 72 of the 90 units will be able to benefit from the SHQ’s Rent Supplement Program, ensuring that they won’t spend more than 25% of their income on housing. This additional assistance of more than $1.2 million over five years is assumed by the SHQ (90%) and the City of Gatineau (10%). Square Urbania’s first tenants are expected as early as this fall.
“Everyone in Canada deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. A place where they can raise a family and thrive. Through this funding, our government is helping people aged 55 and over by providing housing right here in Gatineau, and we continue to work to ensure that no one is left behind.”
“Our investments in the creation of affordable housing reach all regions of Quebec and benefit all people with special needs. This financial assistance of nearly $8 million will provide people aged 55 and over with a safe and comfortable home. This is another concrete example of our government’s efforts to ensure that more Quebecers enjoy a quality living environment.”
“Our government wants to ensure that everyone in Canada has a safe and affordable place to call home. The Rapid Housing Initiative goes a long way in helping those who need it most by providing new affordable housing quickly. The Square Urbania project is a great example of what can be done when all levels of government work together for the well-being of our community.”
“Congratulations to Habitations de l’Outaouais métropolitain for this important initiative that increases the supply of affordable housing on our territory. This project will allow citizens to remain in their communities, at home, with their loved ones. This investment clearly demonstrates our intention to improve the quality of life in the Chapleau community.”
“Given current socio-demographic changes, immigration and our cross-border situation, housing is at the heart of our municipal issues. The announcement of the construction of these 90 social and affordable units as part of Square Urbania is very important for Gatineau. I wish to thank the two other levels of government, Habitations de l’Outaouais métropolitain, and the developer for their strong partnership with the City of Gatineau, which will accelerate the delivery of housing on our territory.”
“We are pleased to be able to offer 90 new affordable homes to Gatineau households in need and we thank our valued partners, who made this project possible.”
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About the Société d’habitation du Québec:
As a leader in housing, the SHQ has as its mission to meet the housing needs of Quebec citizens by providing affordable and low-rent housing and offering a range of assistance programs to support the construction, renovation and adaptation of homes, as well as access to homeownership. Moreover, 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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