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The Lou Fruitman Reena Residence. Pic: CMHC

Vaughan: With investments made by the Government of Canada, residents of Thornhill with physical and developmental disabilities will have access to more housing options in their community.

TDeb Schulte, Minister of Seniors, on behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, have announced a more than $17.9 million investment to the Lou Fruitman Reena Residence, to help build new homes for over 130 adults and seniors of diverse needs, including those with developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and physical disabilities.

The six-storey building was developed by Reena, a non-profit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities since 1973.

This funding is being delivered through CMHC’s National Housing Co-Investment Fund (NHCF), which supports new and revitalization construction of mixed-income, mixed-tenure, and mixed-use affordable housing. The NHCF is a key pillar of the Government of Canada’s National Housing Strategy (NHS).

Hussen said: “Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Our investment of over $17 million in the Lou Fruitman Reena Residence in Thornhill has helped build new homes for those who need them most, including those living with disabilities. This is the National Housing Strategy at work.”

Deb Schulte said: “Everyone, including those living with disabilities, deserve an affordable place to call home. The housing investment we have announced today will assist those living with disabilities in Thornhill, a priority group under our government’s National Housing Strategy. Our government is proud to step up for those who need a helping hand to live independently, and increase their financial security.””

Bryan Keshen, CEO, Reena said: “The National Housing Strategy gave a voice to those with developmental disabilities by ensuring that at least 2,400 units with supports would be made available to this most vulnerable population. Reena has been pleased to work with the Government of Canada, through CMHC and the Co-Investment Fund to ensure that their unique housing needs are taken care of.”

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