Ontario Invests in Affordable Housing for Seniors in Newcastle

Published on July 28, 2020

Parkview Seniors Lodge expansion will support those at risk of being homeless

NEWCASTLE ― The Ontario government is investing over $2.6 million in the Parkview Seniors Lodge Expansion development to give seniors in Durham Region at risk of homelessness the housing and support services they deserve.

The three-storey building will include a total of 37 units for seniors, 30 of which will be affordable housing. Ten units will be fully accessible, and scooter parking will be available. The building will also include a common room and an office space.

"As Ontario restarts the economy, we need a strong community housing system that supports our most vulnerable citizens and meets local needs," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "Supporting the Parkview Seniors Lodge expansion is a good example of how we are making our community housing system more efficient and sustainable, while ensuring seniors in Durham Region have access to housing they need."

This investment is part of the joint federal-provincial Social Infrastructure Fund, which provides local communities with the flexibility to address their local housing needs by funding new rental construction, and providing home repairs, housing allowances, rent supplements or home ownership.

"Our government is committed to putting people first, and supporting seniors living on a low or fixed income is the right thing to do," said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. "Having a comfortable place to call home helps reduce social isolation and promotes a healthy and engaged lifestyle."

"I look forward to seeing this project come to life over the next several months," said David Piccini MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South. "I want to congratulate all those who have been involved with the Parkview Seniors Lodge Expansion for their dedication and hard work to break ground on this new project and improve the lives of seniors in our community."

Ontario is working hard to safely restart the economy and create jobs so that everyone can get back to work. As communities continue to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, funding like this helps those most in need find stable housing and access to support services, such as counselling, addiction services and life-skills training.

Quick Facts

  • The Social Infrastructure Fund is part of the federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing Program, which provides funding for affordable housing projects across Ontario.
  • As part of the Community Housing Renewal Strategy, the Ontario government is investing nearly $1 billion in 2020-21, which will help sustain, repair and grow community housing and help end homelessness in Ontario.
  • Ontario has provided $350 million in funding to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep vulnerable people safe. This includes funding to local service managers and Indigenous program administrators who were given the flexibility to expand the key services they already offer to meet their local needs, including supporting people who are having difficulty paying rent.

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