NORTH GRENVILLE — The Ontario government is providing over $250,000 in a 10-unit supportive and affordable housing project in North Grenville. This funding is in addition to the province’s prior contribution of over $1.3 million for this project, bringing Ontario’s total investment to nearly $1.6 million.
Court House Apartments, located at 15 Water Street in Kemptville is a two-storey, wood frame building that is being rebuilt as a residential building. It will offer a diverse mix of bachelor, one- and two-bedroom units. Four of the units are supportive housing for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness, including a special unit dedicated to youth. The John Howard Society will provide pivotal supports for the youth-dedicated unit. The remaining six units, designed with affordability at their core, will be rent-geared-to income, and two will be barrier-free. Residents will enjoy being close to amenities such as parks, grocery stores, employment opportunities, and schools.
“These homes will make a real difference in peoples lives, and I’m proud that our government is supporting projects like this one all across the province,” said Rob Flack, Associate Minister of Housing. “This project in North Grenville is a testament to our unwavering commitment. We’re not just setting targets; we’re hitting them, ensuring every Ontarian finds a place to call home.”
This announcement is part of the province’s Social Services Relief Fund, which has provided over $1.2 billion of support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to help municipal service managers and Indigenous program administrators create longer-term housing solutions and help vulnerable people in Ontario.
Ontario is also investing an additional $202 million each year in homelessness prevention programs through the Homelessness Prevention Program and Indigenous Supportive Housing Program, bringing Ontario’s total yearly investment to nearly $700 million. This includes a significant increase for the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, bringing their annual total allocation to $3.16 million.
- The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville was allocated over $6.7 million through all phases of the Social Services Relief Fund to deliver critical services such as shelters, food banks and emergency services.
- Service managers and Indigenous program administrators have the flexibility to allocate provincial funding to programs and services that address and prevent homelessness in their communities, such as rent supplements, homeless shelters, and supportive housing including capital projects.
“This innovative project is an example of what we can achieve when different levels of government work together, and when the interests of the community are taken into consideration. I can promise that we will keep fighting to ensure homes are built in Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes and across Ontario”
– Steve Clark
MPP for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes
“As Warden and Mayor, I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the grand opening of the Court House Apartments in Kemptville. With support from the Social Services Relief Fund, the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville and the Municipality of North Grenville, the Court House Apartments will add 10 rent-geared-to-income and supportive housing units in Kemptville to meet the needs of highly vulnerable residents throughout the Counties who would otherwise be unable to access a rental unit in today’s market.”
– Nancy Peckford
Mayor of North Grenville, Warden for the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
“The John Howard Society is proud to be part of this transformative journey. This development empowers us to extend our support to the community’s most vulnerable, in a setting that embodies safety and hope. We’re deeply grateful for the provincial investment and our ongoing partnership with United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.”
– Robyn Holmes
Assistant Executive Director, John Howard Society of Kingston and District
SOURCE Province of Ontario