Ontario Construction News staff writer
The federal government this week announced more than $4.3 million in funding for the Millbrook First Nation in Nova Scotia to build 34 new affordable homes. Other funding sources will contribute $2.9 million.
“This initiative is more than building houses; it’s about securing a better future for our people and contributing to the well-being of our community,” said Chief Bob Gloade, Millbrook First Nation. “I’m thankful for this collaborative effort that will not only bridge the housing gap, but also create local employment opportunities in the housing sector.
“We’re taking a positive step towards ending the housing crisis that has touched several communities, including our own. I look forward to the transformative impact on the lives of our residents,”
The project is supported by the federal government’s additional investment of $1.5 billion through the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI), bringing the program’s total to $4 billion to support those most in need. This investment is expected to create at least 5,200 more affordable homes for across the country, with one third of investments going towards Indigenous-focused housing projects.
“Today’s announcement isn’t about dollar amounts and units, it’s about ensuring that 34 families have a safe and affordable home to live in and thrive in,” said Darren Fisher, MP for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour. “Thanks to the combined efforts of our partners, we are building up and strengthening communities across Nova Scotia.”