Group requests funding to maximize affordable housing in new project in Orillia IG News

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If a charity’s plan comes to full fruition, Orillia could see more than three dozen new affordable housing units.

Raising the Roof is a national charity that works in communities across Canada. It had previously purchased Orillia’s Canada Post Office, with plans to redevelop the vacant second floor into rental units and add a third floor with more units.

On Monday, the group made a presentation to the city council to receive financial aid and a letter of support from the city for its application for the federal Rapid Housing Initiative program.

“If the city can contribute to that, it would really mean a huge investment from the federal government into the city of Orillia and would actually make the project really, really affordable,” said Leslie, director of resource development and communications for Raising Bellingham says. Roof.

The amount of money the city provides is directly related to the number of units that will be affordable. If the city provides the total amount requested, which includes a $10,000 per-door grant, which equals about 2.6 percent of the total cost, all 40 units will be affordable. In this plan, the most expensive unit will be $434 per month.

,[That] It’s really going to be in line with the 30 percent income for homes and core housing need in Orillia, it’s going to be in line with the OW and ODSP shelter allowance, so it’s really creating housing for Orillia’s most vulnerable residents,” Bellingham said. it is said.

Mayor Don MacIsaac said the council was concerned by Monday’s proposal, with plans to revisit the proposal at the next council meeting in late January.

“We had discussions about it,” says MacIsaac. “Next council meeting, it will be on the agenda, and they will be seeking support on that point.”

Officials on the project, which would see the Canada Post Office untouched from its current location, have also asked the County of Simcoe for operational support and capital funding. While a contractor has already been selected, the majority of the project will be built by community builders, providing employment opportunities to vulnerable people.

“They have a 16-week program for vulnerable people who are themselves at risk of homelessness, to really be able to get them experience in the construction sector and set them up for long-term jobs in the trades,” says Bellingham. for.”

The Redwood Park community is also a partner in the project, says Bellingham. Many tenants will be targeted toward those for whom Redwood Park is trying to find housing, including women who are victims of domestic violence.

“So they’ve helped hundreds of women in this position in different projects that run throughout Simcoe County and have secondary suites, so they’ll be our main project partner for that and the main type of tenant group we’ll be looking for in this building.” Home, though not necessarily exclusively,” says Bellingham.

The presentation for the project came on Monday as the council begins implementing a new schedule for its meetings for the period.

Committee meetings, which deal with new items, will start every second Monday at 2 p.m. This will be followed by a council meeting which will confirm the decisions made in previous committee meetings two weeks ago. The mayor says this is an effort to give more time to the public to have a say on various decisions.

“They talk about cool second thoughts. I think people need input. We get council agendas; the public gets them on Friday; they have until Monday,” MacIsaac says. “If things are ratified on Monday, he doesn’t really have time for input, but if he knows where the council is going … he will at least have time to influence that decision.” Maybe.”


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