Province funding supportive housing projects in Peterborough, Whitby

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Ontario government is providing $1.2 million to build six housing units in Whitby and $377,641 to build two supportive housing units in Peterborough that will support people experiencing homelessness.

Located at 1545 Monaghan Rd., The Mount is a former convent that has been converted to provide three small scale housing projects. The building is accessible with ramps, elevators, and wide hallways, as well as space for storing and charging electric wheelchairs and scooters.

“Housing is a top priority for the City of Peterborough. Every single housing unit means a family or an individual can experience security and an improved quality of life,” said Peterborough Mayor Jeff Leal. “The Mount Community Centre is making a real difference in our community by taking a fresh approach to developing housing units.

“We appreciate the support for this project, as well as the other important investments it is making to support the creation of much needed housing in the City of Peterborough.”

whitby supportive housingIn Whitby, the project is a three-story building, managed by Durham Youth Services offers transitional housing for youth ages 19 – 24. The upper and mid-level units are each self-contained, three-bedroom units equipped with a kitchen and bathroom which is shared amongst the youths living in the unit.

The basement unit is a two-bedroom apartment, also equipped with its own kitchen and bathroom and designated for youth who know each other and/or youth who are supporting a young family. There is a common laundry room and shared outdoor living space.

“When we talk about the need for more housing in our community, the need for supportive housing like Durham Youth Services is an important part of the equation,” said Whitby Mayor Elizabeth Roy. “This funding will ensure vulnerable youth have a safe place to call home, as well as opportunities to learn new skills that empower them to achieve their goals.”


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