Proposals sought for immediate and long-term housing rentals
If you have short-term housing available to rent immediately, an interest in providing long-term housing, or ideas to create new affordable housing, the provincial government wants to hear from you.
The province wants to hear from landlords, developers, tourism operators, private home owners, and others interested in partnering with government to offer short-term rental housing as well as long-term housing options.
Details and the expressions of interest documents can be found at www.princeedwardisland.ca/tenders and fall under three categories:
• short term housing available to rent immediately;
• long term affordable housing including existing units or those currently under construction;
• concepts for new affordable housing development.
Proposals that meet the provincial requirements can be submitted until 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2018.
“Government is working to create innovative housing solutions for Islanders who need it most,” Family and Human Services Minister Tina Mundy said. “One of those solutions is to provide rent supplements to Islanders who have applied to government’s seniors and family housing programs. This will ensure that these individuals have safe, affordable, and appropriate housing in the both the short and long term.”
“The provincial government’s Housing Action Plan includes immediate and long term actions and this initiative is one of many in progress,” Finance Minister Heath MacDonald said. “We are continuing to collaborate with developers, landlords and the private sector on creative solutions to meet the housing needs of Islanders today and in the future.”
The Housing Action Plan (www.princeedwardisland.ca/housing-action-plan) focuses on five goals: availability; affordability; sustainable communities; collaboration; and leadership. Some of the priority areas in the plan for immediate action include:
• 275 affordable housing units –available fiscal 2018/19 (part of the 1,000 new units over the next four years);
• 74 new seniors units: 44 in Charlottetown; 30 in Summerside –available 2019;
• 10 transitional housing units to support Islanders with mental health needs as they transition back into community life – initiate fall 2018;
• 100 new private nursing home beds to further improve access to long- term care for Island seniors - 50 available October 2018; 50 by June 2019.