At a ceremony yesterday, 31 new apartments at 86 Munroe Street were declared available for rent. But prospective renters were not waiting for the official opening – there were 100 applications received for the 31 units and several have already moved in. The project was conceived and is owned by “Affordable Housing Solutions Corporation” but is funded with help from the Federal Government, Provincial Government, Northumberland County and the Town of Cobourg although details of the funding split were not released. There are 27 one-bedroom units and 4 two-bedroom units of which 5 are accessible units. The building has a shared amenity room and a laundry facility for all residents. The apartments rent for approximately 80 per cent of the average market rate in Northumberland County.
Josef Ger, CEO Affordable Housing Solutions Corporation, said that “Housing is becoming increasingly out of reach for many seniors, especially those on fixed incomes,” and “Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home and I am elated that we were able to work together to provide qualified Cobourg seniors a new residence they can afford.” Josef said that in the Fall, work is expected to start on an adjacent building at 82 Munroe Street which would have 34 rental units. These would be similar quality but would rent at market rates.
A good representation of all the participants came to the ceremony (see list of all participating organizations below). In particular, I recognized County CAO Jennifer Moore, County Finance Director Glenn Dees, Warden Bob Sanderson, Mayor John Henderson, Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin and Councillors Brian Darling and Emily Chorley.
MP Kim Rudd, Paige Wiggins (representing MPP David Piccini), Warden Bob Sanderson and Mayor John Henderson also addressed the crowd.
In addition, one of the new residents, Susan Caron, spoke of her experience and how pleased she was to move into the new apartment. A few years ago, Susan suffered a stroke and was in Northumberland Hills Hospital for 8 months. She then struggled to find a suitable place to live but eventually heard about 86 Munroe, applied and was accepted. She said that other residents were like a family to her – she was obviously happy with the end result.
Below are some photos of the event.
Links and Background
The project, worth more than $5M, is a shared commitment between Affordable Housing Solutions Corporation, Northumberland County Housing and Northumberland County Community and Social Services, Gay Company Limited (the builder), Town of Cobourg, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) (Federal Government agency) and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Provincial Government) .
Affordable Housing Solution Corporations is a sister company of associate Retirement Life Communities Group which owns and operates Palisade Gardens and James Club in Cobourg and house 175 seniors.
- New Rentals to be built in Cobourg – 18 April 2017 – includes ground floor plan