Original Article: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/61184/canada-and-ontario-provide-affordable-homes-for-veterans-in-ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario – Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. The COVID-19 crisis has made it clear that affordable housing is key to Canada and Ontario’s recovery, as communities across the country and province are dealing with the devastating impacts of rising levels of homelessness and housing need.
Today, the Honourable Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, on behalf of the Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and His Worship, Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, announced $1.5 million to help create 40 homes for veterans who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness in Ottawa.
Veterans’ House: The Andy Carswell Building, located at 745 Mikinak Road, is operated by the Multifaith Housing Initiative, an Ottawa-based non-profit charity that provides affordable housing.
This project offers veterans access to supports to help address mental health and addictions issues. Veterans’ House also includes an indoor gym, communal kitchen, barbecue facilities, and a dog park for service dogs. Residents began moving into Veterans’ House this February.
Funding for this project is being delivered through the Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative, which is a joint program by the federal and provincial governments.
This builds on a previous $6.5 million investment by the Government of Canada for Veterans’ House in 2019 through the National Housing Co-investment Fund, a key pillar of the federal government’s National Housing Strategy.