More affordable housing units for Islanders
Islanders will benefit from more affordable housing with the construction of 14 new housing units within three rural communities across the province, providing more affordable housing options for those most in need.
These new units have been approved through the Affordable Housing Development Program (AHDP) and, in partnership with private developers, and will result three units built in Rustico, seven units in Alberton, and four units in Souris. Each unit will provide affordable housing for an individual or family on the social housing registry.
“Affordable housing is extremely important for all Islanders. Everyone needs access to safe, affordable housing and adding these new units will help address the diverse housing needs of people across the province.”
- Social Development and Housing Minister Ernie Hudson.
Including these units announced today, there are currently 250 affordable housing units under construction across the Island, with rent set to 25 per cent of household income.
The province committed to adding 1,200 new affordable housing units over the next four years through a mix of government-owned housing, units built through the AHDP and mobile rental vouchers. So far, 726 of those units have been completed or are in progress.
Rustico – The province is partnering with developer Dale Gallant to add three seniors affordable housing units on Route 6. The province has signed a 20-year agreement to maintain the housing as affordable for Islanders on the housing registry. Construction started in summer 2020.
Alberton – The province is partnering with developer George MacNeill to add seven mixed affordable housing units at Oaklyn George Lane. The province has signed a 20-year agreement to maintain the housing as affordable for Islanders on the housing registry. Construction started in spring 2020.
Souris – The province is partnering with developer Justin MacKenie and Melody Mcinnis to add four mixed affordable housing units at Anniversary Avenue. The province has signed a 20-year agreement to maintain the housing as affordable for Islanders on the housing registry. The Town of Souris contributed the land to support affordable housing in the community. Construction started in fall 2020.
Senior Communications Officer
Department of Social Development and Housing