Calgary to receive $24.6 million from federal government for affordable housing projects

The City of Calgary will receive $24.6 million for affordable housing projects through the federal government’s new housing initiative announced Tuesday.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced the Rapid Housing Initiative, which is meant to support communities in their goals of ending chronic homelessness across the country. The $1-billion plan is offering $500 million directly to Canada’s largest cities and another $500 million to projects that submit applications through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.

“No Canadian should ever be without a place to call home. By making smart and substantial investments in affordable housing and providing funding directly to municipalities, we’re creating jobs, strengthening our communities across the country and helping the most vulnerable,” Trudeau said in a news release.

The Rapid Housing Initiative is expected to fund the development of 3,000 permanent, affordable-housing units across Canada. Some units will be built new, some projects will convert non-residential buildings into multi-residential homes and others will rehabilitate abandoned buildings, the federal government said in the news release.