The City of Ottawa announced today that the Carlington Community Health Hub Joint Partnership project is the successful proponent of a Request for Proposals (RFP) process to allocate $4.6 million in capital funding to build 42 affordable housing homes with integrated health and social supports for older adults.
“This is exciting news of an innovative project that increases the number of affordable housing homes in our city geared towards the needs of older adults,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “A stable and secure home is a basic necessity of life. With this project, we will provide older adults with access to a home and health services that will improve their quality of life as well as the well-being of the entire community.”
Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) and the Carlington Community Health Centre (CCHC) partnered on the project, which is scheduled to begin in 2016.
“This is a wonderful example of community collaboration,” said Councillor Mathieu Fleury, Chair of the Board of Directors for Ottawa Community Housing. “This key partnership will result in the creation of an innovative community hub that will provide health services and affordable housing for older adults of our community.”
This project by OCH and CCHC will represent a total investment of approximately $13 million supported by the City of Ottawa and the provincial and federal governments. The next step will be for the City to submit the chosen project to the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for funding approval under the Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario (2014 Extension) Program.
The RFP process is part of the City of Ottawa’s Ten-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan, which was approved by Council in 2013 and demonstrates the City’s commitment to collaborating with community partners and stakeholders to eliminate chronic homelessness and build a city where everyone has a safe and affordable home.