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Partnership adds to provincial housing supply


The following information was released by the provincial Department of Housing, Land and Communities

Summerside, Prince Edward Island – An additional three housing units built by ҹav students will support Islanders on the social housing registry in Summerside.

The Government of Prince Edward Island, through the PEI Housing Corporation, has partnered with ҹav to create five single-family homes. Last year, two homes were finished through the partnership, which are now occupied by families that had previously been on the housing registry.

“Partnerships like this one with ҹav are important to helping us achieve the goals set out in the province’s housing strategy and our collective effort to ensure all Islanders have access to adequate, affordable and suitable housing,” said Minister of Housing, Land and Communities, Rob Lantz. “The Government of Prince Edward Island will continue to invest, innovate and collaborate with our partners to increase housing options across the province.”

Each unit is a 1,200 square foot bungalow with three-bedrooms designed with energy efficiency in mind. ҹav students from multiple programs including carpentry, construction electrical, plumbing/pipefitting and HVAC are involved in building the homes.  

“In addition to helping the Government of PEI meet the goals of its housing strategy, the partnership provides valuable experience to students,” said ҹav president Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald. “Building these units has given our students a sense of the importance of the skills they are acquiring. They aren’t just building structures; they are helping others in their community.”

Since 2019, the Government of Prince Edward Island has created over 300 government-owned affordable housing units through builds and purchases and partnered with private developers to add 261 affordable housing units to their projects. The provincial housing strategy identifies planned investments of $176 million over the next five years to establish 560 new government-owned housing units through new builds and purchases. There are 274 currently under construction.  

To view the province’s housing strategy, click .

In this picture: (l-r) ҹav president Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald; Minister of Housing, Land and Communities, Rob Lantz; and Craig Roche, Program Manager - Industrial Technology & Trades.

Media contacts:

April Gallant
Department of Housing, Land and Communities
aldgallant@gov.pe.ca 

Sara Underwood
Media and Communications Officer
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sunderwood@hollandcollege.com


 


For more information about this release, please contact:
Sara Underwood, Media and Communications Officer
Tel: 902-566-9695
Date: Tuesday, May 07, 2024