SHERBROOKE, QC, April 1, 2022 /CNW/ – The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Compton–Stanstead, and Geneviève Hébert, Member of the National Assembly for Saint-François, are proud to announce a investment of more than $5.9 million for the construction of 22 affordable housing units in Sherbrooke under the second Canada-Quebec Agreement under the Rapid Housing Initiative.
Future tenants of the building could also benefit from additional housing assistance under the Rent Supplement Program of the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ). This aid, which could amount to almost $2.5 million over 20 years, will be assumed by the SHQ (90%) and the City of Sherbrooke (ten%). Therefore, the total investment for this project could reach $8.4 million.
The project, an initiative of the organization Mon Shack… My choices… My future, will improve the service offer by providing housing for people with mental health problems. In addition, the services offered to tenants will be provided in partnership with the University of Sherbrooke and Bishop’s Universitythrough “Univers Shack”, which consists of the development of a collaborative living space, contributing to the innovation of practices in the living environment while promoting research.
The second Canada-Quebec agreement under the Rapid Housing Initiative was announced on February 22 by the Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing, Diversity and Inclusion, and Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipalities and Housing. This agreement provides for investments totaling nearly $338 million through Quebecwhich will allow the construction of 1,458 social and affordable housing units by the end of 2022.
“Every Quebecer deserves the peace of mind that comes with having a place to call home. The project and funding announced today under the Rapid Housing Initiative will greatly help those who need it most. They will quickly provide 22 new affordable homes for the most vulnerable and vulnerable people. ensure their safety. It’s a way to make sure no one is left behind.
The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
“Once completed, this project will provide affordable housing for youth in our community with mental health issues. I am particularly proud to see a local organization take such an initiative, especially when there is an urgent need for accessible apartments. I congratulate Josée Parent for her leadership and dedication to this project.
The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Compton–Stanstead
“This project is an excellent initiative that will allow people struggling with mental health problems to have access to a living environment adapted to their situation. To ensure access to the units in this building, our government and the City of Sherbrooke also provide financial support that could reach close to $2.5 million over 20 years for the needy tenants who will live there, so they only have to spend 25% of their income on housing.”
Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister responsible for the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region
“I congratulate Mon Shack and more particularly its founder and general manager, Josée Parent, for having created this bilingual and stimulating living environment, in collaboration with Bishop’s University and the University of Sherbrooke. Through this supportive housing, women and men with special housing needs will have a safe and affordable place to build a better future. Our government is proud to contribute to this innovative project that tackles health issues. »
Geneviève Hébert, MNA for Saint-François in the National Assembly and Deputy Government Whip for Quebec
“The organization Mon Shack… My choices… My future has launched a great project that meets a pressing need for housing in Sherbrooke. What is particularly innovative in this project is the combination of the service offer and the housing offer. It will change lives! I would like to congratulate the My Shack organization and thank the governments for Canada and Quebec for their support.”
Evelyne BeaudinMayor of Sherbrooke
“My Shack 2.0 is a continuation of My Shack on the road to recovery for people with mental health issues. Not only will this project address an urgent need for social housing in the area, but it will also meet the growing demand for mental health support. We are proud and honored to partner with the University of Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University on this innovative and unique project for the benefit of the community.”
Josée Parent, General Manager and Founder of Mon Shack… My Choices… My Future
The two agreements for the Rapid Housing Initiative represent a combined total investment of approximately $517 million. Since January 2021nearly 3,000 social and affordable housing units have been built according to of Quebec recognized construction standards for Quebecers in need.
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About the Quebec Housing Corporation
As a leader in housing, the SHQ’s mission is to meet the housing needs of Quebec citizens. To do this, it offers affordable and low-rent housing and offers a range of assistance programs to promote the construction, renovation and adaptation of housing, as well as access to property. In addition, the SHQ promotes the development of partnerships with communities, collaboration between stakeholders in the sector and innovation. To learn more about its activities, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/english.html.
SOURCE Government of Canada
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