Ontario Construction News staff writer
With nearly $20 million in federal funding, the City of Windsor will build 61 new affordable homes for individuals across the city, Essex County and the Caldwell First Nation.
Housing units funded by the Rapid Housing Initiative will support Canadians who are in uncertain housing situations, experiencing or at risk of homelessness or living in temporary shelters:
- 310 Sherk St. in Leamington will be managed by the Bridge Youth Resource Centre anprovide eight units for young adults, women, Indigenous people, and Black Canadians.
- 462 Crawford Street in Windsor will be operated by Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation and 15 units will be targeted to young adults, those living with physical disabilities, Indigenous people and Black Canadians.
- 3351 Bloomfield in Windsor will also be operated by the Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation and will include 12 units for Indigenous people, women and children, Black Canadians, those experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness, those with physical disabilities and racialized groups.
All three projects are expected to be constructed by the end of 2022.
“Before the pandemic began, there were over 5,000 families on the waiting list for affordable housing in Windsor and Essex County,” said Windsor—Tecumseh MP Irek Kusmierczyk.
“This new funding will provide immediate support to create safe and stable housing for vulnerable individuals and families in Windsor and Essex County.”
Two additional projects will build 26 units for members of the Caldwell First Nation. The units will be a mix of townhomes and fourplexes for seniors and other members of the community.
“Everyone deserves safe and stable housing. Like all municipalities across Canada, Windsor is no stranger to the rising costs of housing,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.
“Putting more shovels in the ground to build more homes is an important step to help reduce prices, support and address chronic homelessness, create more affordable, innovative and purpose-built housing options, and prove that access to home ownership is possible at all levels of income.”