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Prince Edward Island Unveils $10M Initiative to Expand Affordable Rental Housing

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PEI Launches $10M Affordable Housing Pilot Program

In a move to address the growing demand for affordable housing, the Prince Edward Island government has launched a $10 million pilot program aimed at boosting the availability of permanently affordable rental units throughout the province. The Community Housing Expansion Pilot, unveiled as part of the 2024-2025 operating budget, will support the non-profit and co-operative housing sector in expanding their housing portfolios through acquisitions and new construction projects.

This innovative initiative aims to facilitate the acquisition of 120 units in the current fiscal year, while simultaneously laying the groundwork for future construction and acquisition efforts. By partnering with community-based organizations, the government seeks to leverage their expertise and commitment to providing safe, secure, and affordable housing solutions for low and moderate-income residents.

Rob Lantz, the Minister of Housing, Land and Communities, emphasized the government’s ongoing efforts to find sustainable solutions that increase the supply of permanently affordable rentals. “This pilot program aligns with our provincial housing strategy, which aims to ensure that all Islanders have access to a place they can call home,” he stated.

The Community Housing Expansion Pilot recognizes the vital role played by non-profit and co-operative housing providers in addressing the affordable housing crisis. By providing financial support and fostering collaboration with these organizations, the government aims to create a sustainable ecosystem that not only meets current needs but also paves the way for future growth and development.

Through this initiative, the Prince Edward Island government is taking a proactive approach to addressing the housing challenges faced by its residents. By supporting the acquisition and construction of affordable rental units, the government is ensuring that low and moderate-income families have access to quality housing options that are both financially accessible and secure in the long term.

As the pilot program progresses, the government will closely monitor its impact and assess the potential for further expansion and refinement. The ultimate goal is to create a robust and inclusive housing market that supports the diverse needs of all Islanders, fostering a thriving and equitable community for generations to come.

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