Ottawa supports rapid housing projects in Manitoba

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: April 6, 2021 16:29

More safe and secure housing for youth coming to Brandon

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Ottawa and the province are teaming up to fight rising levels of homelessness in Manitoba.

They've announced over $40 million to build 222 permanent affordable housing units with 70 per cent of the housing committed to Indigenous people. 

Both levels of government say affordable housing is the key to Manitoba's and Canada's recovery from COVID-19.  

Here in Brandon, the federal government announced last week a total of $5.25 million in funding for Common Spaces, through other funding programs under the National Housing Strategy. This project will help to foster safe and secure living space and provide support services for youth transitioning from addictions or homelessness into independent living.

Of the total funding amount, $3.3 million is being provided by the Government of Canada through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, and $1.95 million from the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement with the Government of Manitoba.

Utilizing two buildings on a single site, Common Spaces consists of 30 housing units with nearly half designated for at-risk youth recovering from addiction. The building is operated and managed by the Brandon and area Youth for Christ Inc.

The building is located in the core of Brandon and is close to support agencies, stores and public transit to help young people in their recovery journey and to lead safe and healthier lives.

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