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Hamilton’s share of provincial affordable housing dollars: $29 million

The province is investing $29 million into social housing in Hamilton and hopes to reduce a wait list for housing by streamlining the system.
The province is investing $29 million into social housing in Hamilton and hopes to reduce a wait list for housing by streamlining the system. CHML

Hamilton’s voice within the provincial government says the city will be getting $29 million to address its social housing needs.

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Flamborough-Glanbrook Conservative MPP Donna Skelly says the $29 million is Hamilton’s share of a $1-billion “community housing renewal strategy” that was unveiled on Wednesday.

Skelly says the funding will streamline a cumbersome system, while ensuring that we work with municipalities and non-profits to address issues like disrepair, overcrowding and long wait lists.”

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Skelly says one goal through “streamlined” legislation is to accelerate needed repairs so that people aren’t living in crumbling units.

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She also indicates that the province hopes to reduce Hamilton’s wait list of about 6,700 individuals or families through a review of eligibility rules and legislative changes that would make affordable housing safer by banning tenants previously evicted for serious criminal activity.

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