Residents of Debert will soon have access to more affordablerental housing with the approval of a $1.5-million, 24-unitproject under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housingagreement. Geoff Regan, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalfof Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing, and Nova ScotiaCommunity Services Minister David Morse, made the announcementtoday, Sept. 22. “The government of Canada is committed to supporting affordablehousing for those Canadians who need it most,” said Mr. Regan.”We are pleased to be making this investment to create affordablehousing units for Debert residents. Together with our partners,we are helping to build healthy, sustainable communities acrossthe province.” “This project is going to be of tremendous benefit to thecommunity,” said Mr. Morse, “because it addresses an identifiedneed for affordable rental housing for singles, families andseniors in the area.” The project, to be located in Colchester Park, will receivefunding from both levels of government and the developer. Thegovernment of Canada is providing $600,000 in up-front capital,the province is providing $375,000 in rent supplement funding,and Country Lane Home Decorating Ltd. is providing $187,500 incash and land valued at $37,500. The project is one of four announced today by Mr. Regan and Mr.Morse. Other projects include 24 units for seniors in New Minas,16 units for seniors in Chester and 4 units for persons withdisabilities in Westville. To date, a total of 83 new rentalunits totalling $6.5 million have been announced for theprovince. It is expected that 850 to 1,500 affordable housing units will becreated or renovated under the $37.3-million Affordable Housingagreement by 2007.