Affordable housing project in Kitchener to be completed next year: Waterloo Region

The Waterloo area announced on Friday that the affordable housing project under construction on the Block Line in Kitchener said the new development is proceeding at a rapid pace.

The project, which is being built on land made available by the City of Kitchener with the support of YW Kitchener-Waterloo, will be ready for occupancy early next year.

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“Safe and affordable housing is a human right,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic.

“The Rapid Housing Initiative is a truly collaborative effort to build much-needed affordable housing.”

There will be a total of 41 new apartments that include built-in support for residents such as case and crisis management, everyday skills, access to food distribution and moving-in aids.

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The houses are available to women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, which the region says will reduce the number of people with chronic homelessness.

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“People who are ‘chronically homeless’ have been in shelters or on the streets for at least six months in the past year or eighteen months in the past three years,” said Elizabeth Clarke, CEO of YW Kitchener-Waterloo.

“And that is the minimum. In many cases the women who will move into YW Block Line Supportive Housing have been homeless for years. “

Shovels hit the ground for the first time in March, so occupancy will begin less than a year later.

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