Windsor council OKs $39-million plan to build affordable housing

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Windsor Star/Craig Pearson


For the first time in three decades, the City of Windsor will build new affordable housing — thanks to a $38.8-million plan to create up to 150 units.

Councillors on Monday unanimously approved a plan to construct a multi-storey building at 3100 Meadowbrook Lane in the east end, likely starting construction next year and welcoming residents in 2020.

“This is a great news story,” Jelena Payne, the city’s community development and health commissioner, said Tuesday. “That’s partly because it has been a long time since we’ve seen a significant investment in the building of new affordable housing in our community.”

The last time the City of Windsor built affordable housing was 106 units in 1987.

The latest Windsor initiative includes tapping into the federal government’s $40-billion National Housing Strategy and other sources for grants and low-interest loans. If all goes well, the city would contribute $11.7 million — though councillors committed to the project either way, because of the need in the community. [Read More]