Posted September 15, 2021 by Northumberland County

Cobourg, ON – September 15, 2021 – Today, Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (OAHS), Northumberland County Housing Corporation (NCHC), Habitat for Humanity Northumberland (HFHN) and Northumberland County are announcing a signed Memorandum of Understanding to co-design, and jointly develop and manage, an affordable housing complex at 473 Ontario Street in Cobourg.

The Ontario Street housing project will introduce 62 new affordable housing units with a mixture of tenure and affordability types. Pre-construction activities are currently underway, with construction estimated to begin in 2023/2024.

Plans for the new build include 32 units geared to Indigenous households through the OAHS. These units will increase access to affordable housing for the urban Indigenous community and will provide residents with direct access to Indigenous supports such as First Nation, Métis and Inuit cultural teachings, Traditional Healers and other programming.

“Building relationships and key partnership in community is critical when addressing the housing crisis in our communities. This community development approach will help deliver much needed housing for Indigenous people, and the broader community, who are living in urban and rural areas of the county,” commented Cora McGuire-Cyrette, OAHS Board Chair. “Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services is pleased to be the lead Indigenous organization and we look forward to continuing the work with our new partners for the benefit of the people we all serve.”

NCHC will own and operate 20 units, with a mix of Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI), affordable and attainable market rental units in the complex.

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