Yesterday, the City of Kitchener welcomed a significant funding announcement for housing from the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion and Minister Responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), on behalf of the Government of Canada.  Part of this funding will support the creation of an estimated 44 housing units in Kitchener, including 25 units for homeless people, 15 units for people with mental health or addiction issues, and 4 units for Indigenous People.  It will be administered by oneROOF and will be located at 35 Sheldon Ave. N.

“Housing is a human right, and the City of Kitchener is committed to doing our part by working with all orders of government and community partners to deliver on that,” said City of Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “We are extremely grateful to be able to work alongside the Government of Canada through Minister Hussen and area MPs, the Region of Waterloo, and now with oneROOF for the current and previously announced housing investments in Kitchener. While we talk about these investments as housing investments, they are truly investments in people and in particular the youth in our community which will lead to better health outcomes and life opportunities overall.”

The City of Kitchener’s Housing For All strategy specifically identifies the development of oneROOF supportive housing. The City has previously approved grants and fee exemptions of over $50,000, deferred development charges of almost $290,000, and other financial support to secure land for oneROOF’s new development at 35 Sheldon Ave. N. Today’s announcement will support Canadians who are in uncertain housing situations, experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, or living in temporary shelters.

“Over the last two years of the pandemic, the need for housing supports has grown for all ages, including among our community’s most vulnerable youth,” added Ward 10 Councillor Sarah Marsh, whose ward the proposed project will be located in. “The team at oneROOF has had a long history supporting at-risk youth, and I am pleased to see this important and deserving investment being made.”

 

For more information, please contact:

Paul Grivicic
Chief of Staff
City of Kitchener
226-749-3410
paul.grivicic@kitchener.ca

Shawn Falcao
Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Kitchener
519-500-5418
shawn.falcao@kitchener.ca