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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
April 10, 2014

Safe and Affordable Housing in West Broadway

Mr. Speaker, it is said a society should be judged on how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. While the opposition would destroy Manitoba's treasured social safety net with a desire to cut $500 million from the budget and privatize medicare, our government continues to improve the lives of those in need.

This morning, in partnership with Clubhouse of Winnipeg and Fountain Springs Housing, we announced the creation of a new accessible and affordable $7.6-million housing complex on Sherbrook Street in West Broadway. This project will convert a current parking lot into 26 one‑bedroom and five two-bedroom suites for low- to moderate-income families who may be impacted by mental illness.

Fountain Springs Housing will be built right next door to Clubhouse of Winnipeg, a local community organization that helps people with mental-health needs find opportunities for employment and education.

I want to congratulate Michael Mercury from Clubhouse and Marty Dolin from Fountain Springs on this unique and exciting partnership, just the latest project to revitalize the dynamic south Sherbrook area.

I was also very pleased to host my colleague, the honourable Minister for Housing and Community Development, at the announcement. He informed the packed house that our government not only has met our commitment to build 1,500 affordable and 1,500 new social housing units in the past five years, but he also launched our new goal of a further 500 affordable units and 500 social units in the next three years.

Everyone deserves a safe place to call home. I am very happy to say that today we are making crucial progress in helping more Manitobans access the safe and affordable housing that they deserve.

Thank you very much.