Our CEO Justin Marchand and Senior Director Sally Ledger attended a housing announcement this morning in Thunder Bay featuring MPP Kevin Holland of Thunder Bay-Atikokan and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Paul Calandra.

Held at Shelter House, the provincial government announced they’re providing a total of $9,238,000 under the Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) to help create a combined 52 supportive housing units in Thunder Bay, which includes $1.3 million for OAHS to help create 4 units for Indigenous individuals with mental health and addiction issues at our Huron Avenue development already under construction.

In partnership with the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB), the development is a multi-family complex consisting of two 3-storey apartment buildings containing 12 units per building. To begin, OAHS is constructing 24 units (4 units are HPP funded) with plans to eventually develop 70 housing units in total at the site.

Our Board Chair Cora McGuire-Cyrette was quoted in the province’s news release saying:

“Ontario Aboriginal Housing (OAHS) is honoured to be a part of the Huron Avenue housing development in Thunder Bay, made possible through the invaluable support of the provincial government’s Homelessness Prevention Program and Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board. This initiative underscores our shared commitment to providing safe and affordable housing and aims to foster inclusivity and empowerment within the Thunder Bay community. Together, we’re building not just homes, but foundations for brighter futures.”

To read the full news release, click here!

Pictured: Bill Bradica (TBDSSAB CAO), Sally Ledger (Senior Director at OAHS), Justin Marchand (CEO of  OAHS), and Brian Hamilton (TBDSSAB Chair)