Winnipeg – Construction of 19-unit affordable housing building begins with $10 million provincial social enterprises loan

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Construction of a three-storey, 19-unit affordable housing building commenced in February at a symbolic sod turning event at an empty lot at 150 Austin St. N. in Winnipeg’s North Point Douglas neighbourhood.

“This is so exciting. We’re getting 19 new homes for inner city people,” said Sel Burrows, chair of the North Point Douglas Residents Committee.

Austin Family Commons is a “dream,” said Burrows, because the project combines both beautiful design with input from the local community.

Manitoba Housing is paying for the construction of the affordable housing units, CBC reported.

At the sod turning event, Minister Saran announced the government has created a new $10 million fund that will help pay for loans to “employment focused social enterprises.”

Construction is expected to be completed in early 2017.

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