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New development in Mississauga to provide affordable housing and supports programs for people with mental or physical disabilities

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A new development is about to provide affordable housing and supports programs to people living with mental and physical disabilities in the City of Mississauga.

Mississauga residents with mental and physical disabilities who are struggling to find affordable housing are about to catch a break with the approval of a new project that will provide affordable housing with supports programs on Lakeshore Road.

The Region of Peel gave Indwell — a nonprofit organization — the green light on July 12, approving $21.5 million in capital funding to turn the former auto service centre on 425 Lakeshore Rd. E. into a new four-storey, 66-unit mixed-use project.

Graham Curbitt, director of projects and development at Indwell said they received “overwhelming” calls from the Mississauga community asking for help with supportive housing.

Currently, 13,597 people in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon are waiting for subsidized housing making the average wait time six years before residents can receive affordable housing.

“We’re not necessarily tied into the wait-list in terms of we’re not a social housing provider, so people need to apply directly to us,” Curbitt said.

Indwell is a registered charity that receives its funding from rent from tenants, donors, fundraising and capital funding from various levels of funding.

Rent is guaranteed at 70 per cent less of the average market rent for 30 years, Curbitt says.

To be eligible, an individual would need to provide income information, showing a financial need and information on their mental and physical health.

“We would then work with each applicant to see what it is they need, what they have in terms of community supports, what are the missing pieces and whether what we have can help them,” he said.

Curbitt says the charity would work with agencies and community partners in the area and refer tenants to specific support programs, based on their needs.

He added that the projects in other cities like Hamilton have been very successful in providing people with a stability that allows them to then pursue other areas of their life, like getting a job.

“Even though a lot of our tenants have had unstable histories, homelessness, hospitalization and other things, those people who move into our housing love it,” he said. “They find a lot of stability, they are able to start working on many other areas of life, rebuilding social connections or family connections or work opportunities.”

This project is the first of Indwell’s goal to create 150 new supported, affordable apartments over the next five years in Mississauga at a total cost of $66 million.

by Maryam Mirza
Maryam Mirza is a reporter with the Mississauga News and Brampton Guardian.

Email: mmirza@metroland.com
 

UtakataNoAnnex

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So will this be something like Portland Place?
 

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Why is there zero attempt at any sort of streetscape on a major thoroughfare? Some businesses fronting Lakeshore on the main floor could provide rent to further subsidize the housing costs of those this facility is meant to serve
 

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