A $7.6 million community housing project in the Hull district of Gatineau is now pushing forward with full support from the governments of Canada and Quebec, the Centre Mechtilde announced.
The development plan received $2.1 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement. The Gatineau city government also contributed over $630,000, while the Centre Mechtilde took out a mortgage of more than $5.2 million, secured by the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ).
The project aims to complete 31 additional low-cost transitional housing units for homeless women and single mothers suffering from domestic violence. Tenants will benefit from the Rent Supplement program, a scheme that would allow them to pay a rent corresponding to 25 per cent of their income. The resulting financial assistance of approximately $534,000 (over five years) will be shouldered by the SHQ (90%) and the City of Gatineau (10%).
“This increased supply of transitional housing units in the area will facilitate the social reintegration of vulnerable women in difficulty. We can now start offering a broader range of services promoting the emergence of new opportunities and greater economic independence for these women,” according to Lise Duguay, chair of the Centre Mechtilde’s board of directors.
“The City of Gatineau is very proud of the announcement made today and of the partnership that makes this achievement possible. We must remember that affordable housing is an important tool in the fight against poverty in our communities. These investments meet a need that is important both to the people of Gatineau and to our entire community,” mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin added.
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