‘Extremely dismayed and disappointed’: Prince Edward County denied federal funding to support affordable housing

Photo from the County’s 2023-2028 housing plan.

The County of Prince Edward has faced a setback in its efforts to address affordable housing needs, as its application for $14.2 million through the Accelerator Housing Fund has been unsuccessful, a media release from the County states.

“I am extremely dismayed and disappointed that our strong application did not garner the support of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC),” said Mayor Steve Ferguson. “We had to wait for seven months to find out the decision of our application, which will cause unfortunate delays in moving several projects forward all of which are to create affordable housing.”

County Council approved the Prince Edward County Housing Plan 2023 to 2028 in May 2023, and directed staff to pursue funding through the Housing Accelerator Fund. The application aimed to support various initiatives, including the redevelopment of Queen Elizabeth School, extension of the secondary suite program and investment in transitional and worker housing.

“I remain troubled by the lack of funding from upper levels of government for affordable housing, especially for rural communities,” Ferguson continued. “Despite this setback, we will continue to work with the community and our partners to make progress on this high priority issue.”

With the CMHC decision impacting their plans, municipal staff are currently assessing the situation’s implications. A report detailing potential solutions for moving ahead with the redevelopment of Queen Elizabeth School will be presented at the April 11 Committee of the Whole meeting.

For further inquiries, individuals are encouraged to contact Adam Goheen, Director of Housing, at 613.476.2148 extension 4001 or via email at agoheen@pecounty.on.ca.

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