April 23rd, 2024

Province to invest millions in affordable housing


By Al Beeber - Lethbridge Herald on March 12, 2024.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com

The Alberta government is planning to invest $840 million over the next three years if Budget 2024 passes to building more than 5,000 affordable housing units which the UCP says would support more than 6,000 jobs.

More than $400 million of that money will support housing projects through the Affordable Housing Partnership Program over the next three years which are in addition to the 28 projects that were approved through the program last year.

‘We have already made significant progress on our Stronger Foundations strategy to support 82,000 low-income households by 2031. These funding increases would help us keep housing affordable and attainable for everyone who calls Alberta home,” said Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services Jason Nixon in a press release.

The funding includes $121 million over three years in capital maintenance and renewal funding to preserve affordable housing that currently exists and about $130 million for seniors housing development and renewal over three years.

Robin James, south region vice-president of the Alberta Seniors & Community Housing Foundation is quoted as saying “ASCHA applauds the government’s three-year investment of $840 million to maintain and grow affordable housing in Alberta. This significant investment is not just to support more buildings, but the future of countless Albertans who call our member communities’ home, now and in the future. ASCHA members look forward to the continued partnership with the Government of Alberta in ensuring we can meet the growing need for affordable housing.”

Under the investment, the Indigenous Housing Capital Program would get $75 million over three years to continue building housing for Indigenous residents.

“The Province of Alberta’s investment in expanding shelter capacity and support of Indigenous-led shelter operations is vital to Blood Tribe Department of Health being able to help our most vulnerable towards a path of healing the whole being. Dignity, respect and connection to Siksikaitsitapiipaitapiiyssin is essential to the healing journey and to helping our members call their spirit back,” said Charles Weaselhead, a former chief of the Blood Tribe and former grand chief of Treaty Seven.

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Chmie

I believe when I see it!

biff

might it be made clear: this so-called “investment” of public monies, is the housing to be built under the ownership of the public, as in the pov’l govt, or, is the money being doled out to private entities who will get to own housing paid for by us, the public?



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