Ottawa is sending $2.85 million to Barrie, to help rebuild a social housing project destroyed by fire.
The Ministry in charge of Canada’s housing portfolio announced today the funding committment for the Allanview Place project after the apartments at Little Ave. and Bayview Dr. was heavily damaged during a structure fire in April of last year.
“This government continues to show they are committed to investing in communities and addressing local issues. Affordable housing is one of the most pressing issues facing Barrie right now, and the tragic fire at 100 Little last year was a major setback for us.” says Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman. “This funding is exactly what is needed to help us rebuild and expand affordable housing in our community. We’re grateful for the federal government’s collaborative approach to improving life for our citizens in a meaningful way.”
The funds come by way of the newly launched National Housing Co-Investment Fund. It will help pay for the reconstruction of the apartment, and the addition of a fourth storey; this will add 11 units dedicated to seniors, while 23 units will be maintained for low-middle income families.