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Spokeswoman for Métis Capital Housing Corporation Leanne Miller said in an email Wednesday rents for the affordable units would be 30 per cent of gross family income.
Minister of Seniors and Housing Josephine Pon said there is a high demand for affordable housing in Edmonton, and the new homes will help meet the need. She told Postmedia after the conference she was excited the province was funding more homes.
“Every time you build housing and it provides safe, accessible housing for Albertans, either in Indigenous communities or any other community, I’m grateful and excited, because you are giving people a home, giving people … stability, a place to call home,” she said.
Indigenous Relations Minister Rick Wilson said at the announcement that housing was as important as other kinds of public infrastructure.
“When there’s a shortage of affordable housing, there are consequences to people’s emotional and physical well-being. The new housing units announced today will bring about many positive social benefits, especially in our urban areas where Indigenous people face discrimination when trying to find accommodation,” he said.
Wilson seemed particularly excited about the venture — on the tour of a duplex under construction, he laughed and danced a jig following the announcement, and invited Pon to join, which she did.
In February, the province said it planned to build 1,117 new affordable housing units in Alberta, but didn’t specify how many would be built in Edmonton. It allocated $68 million over the next three years for affordable housing projects.