In November 2021, the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville approved $1,323,031.00 of Social Services Relief Fund for the creation of new affordable apartment units in North Grenville.
“I want to thank MPP Steve Clark and my Counties Council colleagues for their support in directing the provincial funding to urgently needed investments in affordable and supportive rental units in North Grenville. We still have a way to go, but these additional units will provide important options in our community,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.
“Through the Social Service Relief Fund and the Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative, we have now delivered a total of $6,145,361 to the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville to help them create more affordable housing, including these new affordable housing units in Kemptville, to support our most vulnerable,” highlighted Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.
The Mayor’s Taskforce for Affordable Housing produced a report in 2020 that outlined a series of measures to support affordable housing, including funding partnerships with the Counties, province, not-for-profit organization, changes to zoning and the Official Plan allowing for additional residence in accessory buildings and increased density for more townhouses, and requiring developers to include low-cost housing as part of new projects.
“We have a housing crisis in North Grenville. I regularly get calls from people saying they are getting evicted and don’t know where to go. These are families, seniors, and other residents who, in the face of an increasing shortage of rental options here, are being forced to relocate outside of the community,” added Mayor Peckford.
The historic building that the Counties will lease is currently home to the North Grenville Historical Society. After discussion and a Council commitment to long term financial support from the Municipality, the Historical Society will be relocating to an office space located on Prescott Street for five years.
“The North Grenville Historical Society is grateful for the ongoing support of the Municipality. Our new location will enable us to connect with our community with exciting and innovative programming with the creation of new displays, events and activities that will engage families, students and seniors in exploring the rich cultural and natural history of North Grenville,” said Ken Mews, Chair of the North Grenville Historical Society.
“The North Grenville Historical Society is heartened by the commitment to heritage demonstrated by this innovative project that will not only provide much-needed affordable housing, but also recognizes, through renovations to the building, the significant role that the Court House and Former Town Hall of Kemptville has played. Built in 1873, shortly after the Great Fire of 1872, it has served the community in a multitude of functions since then. It is worth saving,” emphasized Mr. Mews.
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Additional quote from Minister Steve Clark:
“As Ontario responds to COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, our government knows that the key to keeping people healthy is ensuring they can access safe, stable, and affordable housing. That is why our government is making historic investments to help municipalities deliver long-term housing solutions, including over $1 billion through the Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF) as one of the largest investments in affordable housing in Ontario’s history”
- Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.
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