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MATAWA NON-PROFIT HOUSING CORPORATION CELEBRATES OPENING OF SOCIAL HOUSING UNITS IN THUNDER BAY

MATAWA NON-PROFIT HOUSING CORPORATION CELEBRATES OPENING OF SOCIAL HOUSING UNITS IN THUNDER BAY

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~  October 24, 2020 (LSN)  Matawa Non-Profit Housing Corporation (MNPHC) today celebrated the opening of 8 new rent-geared-to-income (RGI) housing units in Thunder Bay. The one-bedroom units will all be occupied at the end of the month. The opening of the units—constructed as two four-plex apartments— are a result of a continuing collaboration with the District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) and, other non-profit housing funders.

In total, MNPHC, has accumulated a total of 44 units throughout the city and has always held full occupancy. They are scattered throughout the city and are available for low, or modest income families. In collaboration with the TBDSSAB and other funders, MNPHC has been successfully operating all RGI housing units since 1996. The expansion of today’s RGI units is in alignment with the 32 recommended actions in the TBDSSAB’s ‘Under One Roof Housing and Homelessness Plan’ that is in effect from 2014- 2024 in the District of Thunder Bay

From 2001-2012, MNPHC added 24 additional units throughout the city in collaboration with additional funders like Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (OAHS) who assist in providing RGI housing for First Nations, status and non-status, Inuit and Métis people. In partnership with approximately 21 other nonprofit housing providers in Thunder Bay, the TBDSSAB provides operational funding for the 12 Matawaowned units built in 1996, and will support the tenants moving into the new Coady Avenue units through rent supplements. MNPHC is in the process of applying to the OAHS for additional units and are hoping for a positive review moving into its 25th year in service as a non-profit housing provider.

MNPHC utilizes the substantial major capital project and financial/administration experience of its voluntary Board and Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce member—Matawa First Nations Management (MFNM). Expertise sourced from MFNM includes a Professional Engineer, housing inspector, energy and environmental advisors, and Master of Finance and Accounting—amongst others.

To apply for housing, not only with MNPHC, but also a number of other non-profit housing providers in Thunder Bay, people must apply to TBDSSAB to be placed on a wait-list for RGI housing. Currently, the TBDSSAB operates a Central Housing Registry that oversees the wait-list for access to most subsidized housing units in the city and surrounding district. According to a 2018 ‘District of Thunder Bay Point-InTime Count of People Experiencing Homelessness Report,’ the average wait time from application to an offer of a unit is only 9.5 months. This is amongst the lowest wait times in Ontario.

The celebration event today adhered to province-wide COVID-19 restrictions and included a minimum number of participants.

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A big Thank You to all our supporters across Northern Ontario from Kenora in the West to North Bay in the East and south into North Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan  
 

 

  • 24 October 2020
  • Author: Robert McKenzie
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