By Nick Gilbert
Senator Gerald J. Comeau, on behalf of Diane Finley, Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), together with Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia, have officially opened four new housing units for seniors as well as for persons with disabilities in Chester.
The project, amounting to more than $685,000, was jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments through Economic Action Plan. Both the governments are equally contributing to this investment of $96 million under the Canada - Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Program Agreement.
Premier Dexter stated that families, seniors and people with mobility impairments deserve accessible, affordable homes like the housing units in Chester and these units will allow the residents, who are ready to move in, to remain in their communities and live self-sufficiently. Senator Comeau said that the Government of Canada is pleased to contribute over $340,000 in funding for the project. He also stated that these new affordable units will benefit the social and economic well-being of the community.
The new units are designed to serve seniors and persons with disabilities. They comprise energy-efficient features such as external maintenance access, outdoor storage space and time-of-day electrical use. The affordable housing units are also modeled to meet or exceed the LEED Silver standard for energy and water.
Since 2009, over $145 million has been spent in affordable housing project in the province. The Government of Canada will invest over $2 billion in affordable housing this year through CMHC. Until now, over 1,900 affordable units have been built or secured around Nova Scotia under the Affordable Housing Program.