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Rickford Announces Affordable Housing in Kenora

KENORA — The Ontario government is providing $3,780,000 to the Kenora District Services Board to build as many as 20 affordable housing units with supports in Kenora. This investment is being delivered through the Ontario government’s Social Services Relief Fund and will support people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

“Today’s provincial investment will help the Kenora District Services Board in serving the needs of our most vulnerable and means more community members will have a safe affordable place to call home,” said Greg Rickford, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. “As a government, we are proactively mitigating the risk of homelessness and we are committed to supporting service providers with the tools they need to deliver meaningful resources in Kenora-Rainy River.”

Located at 10, 12 and 14 Matheson Street South in Kenora, this modular housing project includes as many as 20 self-contained bachelor units with a targeted completion of March 2023. Residents will be close to the downtown core of Kenora, public transportation, schools, amenities, grocery stores, pharmacies and employment opportunities.

Our government’s Social Services Relief Fund is providing immediate housing and homelessness relief in communities across Ontario,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Supporting innovative solutions like these new accessible housing units in Kenora is critical as we work to keep our most vulnerable safe and housed, both during the pandemic and into the future.”

“On behalf of the Kenora District Services Board, I want to thank the Honorable Minister Clark and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for recognizing and supporting the critical needs of our communities,” said Barry Baltessen, Board Chair of the Kenora District Services Board. “We also want to thank the Honorable Minister Rickford for being a fierce champion of our communities. Today’s announcement will create up to 20 new affordable housing units that will better support individuals with good, safe, and stables homes. Projects like this will help address Kenora’s housing crisis and ensure that more people will have the opportunity to work, live well and find belonging in our communities.”

As highlighted in Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, today’s announcement is part of the province’s Social Services Relief Fund, which has provided over $1 billion of support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, to help municipalities and Indigenous program partners create longer-term housing solutions and help vulnerable Ontarians, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Kenora District Services Board’s Matheson Street South project, delivered in partnership with the Kenora Association for Community Living, has been allocated $3,780,000 through Ontario government’s Social Services Relief Fund to support people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
  • The shortage of housing supply impacts all Ontarians, no matter your background or budget. The province’s ongoing work to increase the supply of market housing complements our historic investments to increase the supply of supportive and affordable housing for our most vulnerable Ontarians.
  • To find your local service manager to see what housing supports are available in your community, visit www.ontario.ca/page/find-your-local-service-manager.