A new apartment complex located at 50 Oddy Street in the Brooklands neighbourhood is officially open. The 36 units by Westlands Non-Profit Housing Cooperative Inc. offers enhanced housing quality and accessibility for seniors in Winnipeg.
The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), along with the Honourable Peter Bjornson, Minister of Housing and Community Development, and Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz, made the announcement.
"Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our Government has taken concrete action to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity," said Minister Bergen. "Funding projects like the Westlands Non-Profit Housing Cooperative not only improves the overall housing conditions for seniors in Winnipeg, but also helps to stimulate the local economy and create jobs."
"The new Westlands Non-Profit Housing Cooperative on Oddy Street provides affordable, high-quality, safe housing for seniors in the Brooklands community," said Minister Bjornson. "We will continue to work with our community partners and other levels of government to meet the need for more affordable, safe housing in Manitoba."
"Safe and affordable seniors' housing is a part of creating healthy neighbourhoods," said Mayor Katz. "It's wonderful to be part of a project that provides environmentally-friendly, accessible housing for seniors in the Brooklands neighbourhood."
The new Westlands Non-Profit Housing Cooperative is the first multi-stakeholder housing cooperative in the province supported by Manitoba Housing and Community Development and includes representatives from the Pioneer Seniors Centre, the Keewatin Inkster Neighborhood Resource Council, Sparling United Church and the community at large.
"Westlands at Oddy is a testament to the capacity for community growth when grass roots organizations come together with a common goal," said Reverend Scott MacAuley, Director of Westlands Non-Profit Housing Cooperative. "It's clear that when non-profit organizations work together, the impossible becomes possible."
Joint funding in the amount of $2.38 million was provided by the Governments of Canada and Manitoba. An additional $5.27 million was provided by the Government of Manitoba and over $84,000 from Westlands Non-Profit Housing Cooperative. The site was previously home to Brooklands Community Centre and was purchased from the City of Winnipeg for $1, with the land valued at $137,000.
The building offers geothermal heating and cooling and features that make it accessible for tenants with mobility challenges. The project includes 20 one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom units. Rents are set at affordable levels for Winnipeg, with 12 units offering rents geared to income. Construction began in April 2012 and was completed on budget.
The federal portion of the funding was made available through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs. The federal and provincial governments contributed equally to this overall investment of $176 million under the amended Canada-Manitoba Affordable Housing Program Agreement.