WINNIPEG – The provincial and federal governments are joining forces to increase funding for affordable housing.
Under the two year agreement, the feds will commit $68-million while the province will pitch in $22-million.
Manitoba Families Minister Scott Fielding tells Global News the money will be broken down into four categories.
“Rebuilding some of our housing stock; when we came into government we found about $500-million of deferred maintenance in some of our housing stock. For non-profits, homelessness initiatives in terms of rent subsidies, that’s a part of it. Seniors housing and victims of violence, they’re all part of this agreement.”
Fielding adds that it’s important to work closely with Ottawa.
“The province is engaged in our own provincial strategy that will enable the federal government’s national housing strategy. So working together, you can create some great solutions. The money is in place now, so we want to see what the community has to offer in terms of projects that we can support.”
A new request for proposals also went out to allow low to moderate income families to become homeowners.