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November 23, 2017

New Brunswick Non Profit Housing Association Inc.

2-649 Queen St, Fredericton, NB E3B 1C3

L’Association de logement sans but lucratif du Nouveau-Brunswick Inc.

2-649 rue Queen, Fredericton, and N.-B.  E3B 1C3

 

 

 

 

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Details of National Housing Strategy Released

Fredericton, New Brunswick (November 22, 2017)

 

Details of the Federal National Housing Strategy were released today, National Housing Day. In March, Budget 2017 proposed investing more than $11.2 billion over 11 years in a variety of initiatives designed to build, renew and repair Canada's stock of affordable housing and help ensure that Canadians have affordable housing that meets their needs. Housing advocates across the country applauded the commitment, and have been eagerly awaiting the details of the investment.

Kit Hickey, President of the New Brunswick Non Profit Housing Association (NBNPHA), is pleased with today’s announcement.  “This is a good investment. Affordable housing in New Brunswick has long awaited the leadership of a federal push to build more affordable housing, and to reinvest in existing units facing the expiry of operating agreements”. The Association is eager to learn the exact financial commitment to the province, which will be delivered via bilateral agreements between Canada and New Brunswick.

 

Hickey maintains that the need for predictable investment as well a commitment to address the expiration of the operating agreements which our members currently operate under, is key to servicing the 28,000 New Brunswick households in need of affordable housing. The Strategy must protect the long-term viability of social and non profit housing providers, and cannot require that all housing providers be fully self-sustaining over a period of time.

 

National and Provincial Housing Associations and individual social and non profit housing providers have a wealth of knowledge and experience in implementing housing policies. The federal government needs to work closely with these stakeholders and partners in the development and implementation of specific housing policies. Gary Glauser, Interim Executive Director with the NBNPHA says, “The forthcoming Provincial Housing Strategy will be critical to maximizing the federal funds”. The New Brunswick Government is expected to announce its new provincial housing strategy in early 2018. “Our hope is that the Province will look to our industry experts for partnership and best practices in implementing these new strategies to achieve the best possible result for New Brunswick”.

 

“Investment in affordable housing is the foundation for positive outcomes for New Brunswick families,” said Glauser. “Without affordable housing, we can’t reasonably expect to make progress in other factors that contribute to quality of life, such as education, health and employment”.

 

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For additional information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Gary Glauser, Interim Executive Director                           Kit Hickey, President

New Brunswick Non-Profit Housing Association                  New Brunswick Non-Profit Housing Association

T: 1-506-451-4772 ext 201                                                     T: 1-506-632-9393

E: gary@nbnpha-alsblnb.ca                                                   E: khickey@nb.aibn.com

 

About the New Brunswick Non-Profit Housing Association

 

About the New Brunswick Non Profit Housing Association

An association of over 200 non-profit and co-operative housing organizations, members of the NBNPHA provide affordable housing to over 6,000 New Brunswick households who otherwise would not have a safe, affordable place to call home. Established in 1993, the NBNPHA’s mission is to support and strengthen New Brunswick’s non-profit and co-operative housing sector so that all residents can have a safe, affordable place to call home.

 

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