The governments of Canada and Ontario are committing over $5.7 million to build 28 community housing units in Cobourg, providing homes for individuals and families across Northumberland County.
The announcement took place at the proposed site for the Elgin Park redevelopment on Elgin Street East in Cobourg. The site currently hosts nine semi-detached buildings, with 18 community housing units. The new complex will have four two-storey buildings with a total of 40 units, creating 22 new homes.
Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, along with the Honourable Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, made the announcement with local officials including Mayor John Henderson and David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland—Peterborough South.
“Home is a place of safety and refuge. Our government is dedicated to housing more Canadians which is why we are proud to have invested in this development in Cobourg,” said Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Spadina-Fort York and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “These new units are more than just safe and affordable places to live, they are key to a better life for the residents who call them home.”
The redevelopment will include a shared green space with a playground and recreational area for families, plus a common building with a large programming room, universal washroom, kitchenette and office space for private meetings between tenants and staff or community agencies.
“The Elgin Park redevelopment project is an important part of the solution to help build more homes that are truly affordable in Northumberland, something my community greatly needs and a project I strongly support,” said David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland—Peterborough South. “I am thrilled to celebrate this new community housing complex that will double the number of homes available for families on Elgin Street and increase the diversity of the overall housing supply in our community.”
Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative (COCHI) program will fund 28 of the new units, all of which will be affordable, rent-geared-to-income, housing.