The federal and provincial governments will partially fund affordable housing in Brandon for low-income families.
The combined $1.56 million investment over two years will go towards the $11 million project to build a 48-unit complex at the site of the former Fleming School.
The affordable housing complex will include 42 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom units. Eight of the units on the main floor will be accessible for persons with disabilities or mobility issues. Manitoba Families Minister Rochelle Squires noted that rents at the new complex must remain affordable for 20 years.
“Affordable housing creates benefits that last a lifetime and strengthen our communities and province as a whole. We are pleased to collaborate with our partners on this important project,” Squires said.
The City of Brandon is contributing $1.56 million from provincial grant funding to ensure the rental housing project is 100 percent affordable. The city will also provide the proponent with a 20-year offsetting grant equal to 50 percent of the municipal tax payable and is providing the land valued at more than $1 million.
The project will be led by private developer Kirk Brugger. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2022.
(1/2) Pleased to be in Brandon today to announce that our Government is partnering with the City of Brandon through the Canada-Manitoba National Housing Agreement to provide $1.56 million over two years to create 42 two-bedroom and 6 three-bedroom affordable housing units. pic.twitter.com/9iuPG4ieX3
— Rochelle Squires (@MLASquires) July 28, 2021