Affordable housing projects in Oshawa and Whitby received a $10.3 million federal grant on Jan. 6.
Ahmed Hussen, Secretary of State for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, announced the funding during a virtual conference alongside Whitby MP Ryan Turnbull and Durham Regional Chairman John Henry.
Hussen said the funding will support the construction of 42 affordable homes in Oshawa and Whitby. The Oshawa location is located at 501 Normandy St. It is operated by the Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation (DRNPHC) and caters to people affected by or at risk of homelessness.
The Whitby Project is the Otter Creek Co-Op at 835 McQuay Blvd., which will provide 18 affordable homes for seniors, those with developmental disabilities, and those with mental health or addiction problems.
“COVID has exacerbated the existing housing problems,” said Hussen.
“This funding will quickly create new housing projects, help boost the economy and create good, well-paying jobs where they are needed most,” he added.
He said it’s part of a 10-year, $72 billion program to create more housing across the country.
Henry called the announcement “a great story for Durham,” adding, “Everyone deserves a safe place to live.”