The Rapid Housing Initiative in Canada is set to receive another $13 million.
According to the Federal government, the funding is expected to create 43 new affordable homes for individuals and families in uncertain housing situations, experiencing or at risk of homelessness, or living in temporary shelters because of the pandemic.
Halifax MP Andy Fillmore said: “This new funding is part of our commitment to addressing severe housing needs across the country. It will provide immediate support to create safe and stable housing to thousands of vulnerable individuals and families.”
An initial round of grants last fall totalled $1 billion, building 4,700 units across the country. Halifax received $8.7 million of that, supporting the creation of 52 affordable housing units in the municipality.
Halifax mayor, Mike Savage said: “Safe, supportive, affordable housing is a pressing need in Halifax. Today’s announcement, in addition to the three projects already approved under the Rapid Housing Initiative, will allow us to work quickly with community partners to help more people find a lasting home.”
Now, an additional $1.5 billion is being pumped into the program to create an additional 4,500 new units of permanent affordable housing in Canada.