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November 24, 2016

MANITOBA INVESTS IN SOCIAL AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING RENOVATIONS AND REPAIRS


Community-managed Properties to Benefit from Increased Funding: Fielding

The Manitoba government will invest more than $19 million to complete repairs and renovations at social and affordable housing units managed by eligible non-profit organizations across the province, Families Minister Scott Fielding announced today.

“This investment will help community-managed properties across the province remain safe places to live,” said Fielding.  “Many of these buildings are awaiting much-needed repairs and we look forward to seeing renovations that will create meaningful improvements in the daily lives of low- to medium-income Manitobans who depend on social and affordable housing.”

A request for proposals (RFP) was issued today to identify projects at social or affordable housing properties.  Eligible non-profit organizations can apply for project repairs or upgrades such as:

  • fire alarm and security systems;
  • heating, ventilation and plumbing systems;
  • roofing, windows or insulation;
  • sidewalks, fencing or steps,
  • water or energy-efficiency projects; and
  • improvements to common areas and tenant suites.

Financial assistance will be provided to eligible organizations through a forgivable loan over 10 years following project completion.

“Our government’s ambitious vision for Manitoba includes our commitment to build relationships based on respect and trust while we govern with the Manitoba values of integrity and inclusion in mind,” said Fielding.  “We are committed to making changes that will result in a stronger, safer and more prosperous future for our province.”

Funding for this RFP is provided through the increased federal-provincial contributions to the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) agreement announced on Nov. 18.  Under the expanded two-year commitment, another $89.4 million will be provided by federal and provincial governments.  The new funding is in addition to approximately $166 million in joint eight-year funding provided under the IAH agreement to help create more affordable housing options in Manitoba.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 22.  Information about all current RFPs, including eligibility criteria and application deadlines, is posted at www.gov.mb.ca/housing

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