COMMUNITY SERVICES–Affordable Housing Project Announced ForHalifax Six metro families will be able to make the move to homeownership thanks to $240,000 in joint funding under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement. The new affordable housing project announcement was made today,Dec. 8, by Nova Scotia Community Services Minister David Morseand Steven Mahoney, Secretary of State responsible for CanadaMortgage and Housing Corporation. The Creighton/Gerrish Development Association is receiving thefederal-provincial funding to construct six semi-detacheddwellings on Creighton Street in Halifax. The units will be soldto moderate-income families who are able to move to modest homeownership. (l to r Grant Wanzel, Steven Mahoney and David Morse) “This new affordable housing project means that moderate-incomefamilies — many of whom already live in the neighbourhood — will be able to make the move to home ownership,” said Mr. Morse,who is co-chair of the National Housing Ministers’ Conference tobe held in Halifax in 2004. “Affordable home ownership is animportant part of the housing mix for a strong, healthycommunity.” “Accessibility to home ownership is an important component ofmeeting the affordable housing needs of Canadians,” said Mr.Mahoney. “This project will provide that opportunity to Halifaxfamilies and also help to revitalize this neighbourhood forcurrent and future residents.” “We are very pleased with the announcement of funding for thesecond stage of the Creighton/Gerrish development,” said GrantWanzel, president of Creighton/Gerrish Development Association. “Together with our friends and colleagues around Nova Scotia, welook forward to further such announcements. There’s no questionof the need for affordable housing in all parts of the province. We are grateful for the significant contributions of the federaland provincial governments, and the municipality.” The two-storey, semi-detached homes will be constructed onCreighton Street in Halifax. Each home will contain threebedrooms and feature 1,100 square feet of finished space, alongwith an unfinished and fully street-accessible basement withroughed-in plumbing. Construction on the project will beginimmediately and is expected to take about six to nine months. The Creighton/Gerrish development is the second project toreceive funding under the new affordable housing program. Thefirst project — a 15-unit complex for low- to moderate-incomeearners in the Annapolis Valley — was completed last month. It is expected that up to 1,500 affordable housing units will becreated or renovated under the $37.26-million Affordable Housingagreement by 2007. The government of Canada, through CanadaMortgage and Housing Corporation, will contribute $18.63 million.These funds will be matched by the province of Nova Scotia andother housing partners, as part of a larger strategy to provide arange of housing options for Nova Scotians.