The federal government has committed to invest $1.96 million for the construction of affordable housing for 45 people with disabilities in Hamilton.

"This investment is wonderful news for Hamilton and one of the many actions our government has taken to ensure that communities across Ontario have the access to the safe, affordable and accessible housing they need,” said Adam Vaughan, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “Our government is committed to increasing the supply of homes for Canadians, and in particular for people with disabilities…”

The housing project – a 45-unit, four-storey building at 500 James Street North – is a joint project between Hughson Street Baptist Church and Indwell. Hughson Street Baptist Church has been serving in the city’s north end since 1887, acting upon issues that affect human quality of life, including social, economic, environmental and energy issues.

"As housing prices in our neighbourhood have skyrocketed, creating affordable housing alongside our new worship centre becomes increasingly important,” said Paul Havercroft, Hughson Street Baptist Church’s associate pastor.

Meanwhile, Indwell provides supportive housing to more than 550 households in southern Ontario through their programs in Hamilton, Woodstock, Simcoe, and London. Their facilities include a residential care facility with 24-hour on-site services, high-support housing and independent apartments with supports.

“Together with Hughson Street Baptist Church, we are excited to see this new community form with people experiencing health, wellness, and belonging,” said Jeff Neven, Indwell’s executive director.

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