Kenora soon enough will be home to additional affordable housing units following a $3,780,000 investment Friday afternoon (April 1, 2022) from the province to the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB).

The 20 self-contained bachelor units will be located at 10, 12, and 14 Matheson Street South and have a targeted completion date of around March 2023. Residents will be close to the downtown core of Kenora, public transportation, schools, amenities, grocery stores, pharmacies, and employment opportunities.

“Today’s provincial investment will help the Kenora District Services Board in serving the needs of our most vulnerable and means more community members will have a safe affordable place to call home,” said Greg Rickford, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. “As a government, we are proactively mitigating the risk of homelessness and we are committed to supporting service providers with the tools they need to deliver meaningful resources in Kenora-Rainy River.”

This investment is being delivered through the Ontario government’s Social Services Relief Fund and will support people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness, and Indigenous peoples.

The KDSB says that on May 19, 2022, they will award and approve the construction contract at a board meeting with shovels in the ground hopefully in the days following.

“Today’s announcement will create up to 20 new affordable housing units that will better support individuals with good, safe, and stables homes. Projects like this will help address Kenora’s housing crisis and ensure that more people will have the opportunity to work, live well and find belonging in our communities,” said Barry Baltessen, Board Chair of the Kenora District Services Board.

As highlighted in Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, today’s announcement is part of the province’s Social Services Relief Fund, which has provided over $1 billion of support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, to help municipalities and Indigenous program partners create longer-term housing solutions and help vulnerable Ontarians, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.