Naqvi mortgages 1,700 new affordable units in Ottawa Center

Naqvi mortgages 1,700 new affordable units in Ottawa Center

Candidates from all the major parties running against Naqvi in ​​the Ottawa Center were quick to criticize the Liberal Party’s track record.

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The Ottawa Center will receive federal funding for 1,700 affordable affordable housing by 2025 if voters in the riding elect Yasir Naqvi, the Liberal candidate promised Thursday.

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He also said he wanted to ensure that a “large percentage” of these units were provided through non-profit housing providers, such as Ottawa Community Housing, Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation and Cornerstone.

The federal liberal government has been criticized for providing money to developers to build new rental units that are not required to be affordable for people with low or even moderate incomes.

The National Housing Strategy’s $ 26 billion construction rental initiative requires at least 20 percent of the units to be “affordable,” with rents at or below 30 percent of the median family income in the area. In Ottawa, where the median income in 2019 was $ 115,750, that means units can be rented for up to $ 2,890 monthly.

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Naqvi called the existence of the national housing strategy “a very important step” and said that the federal liberal government’s partnership with housing providers, municipalities and provinces to build affordable housing “had a real impact.”

But when asked if he would like to see the NHS changed or made more effective, the former provincial representative of the Ottawa Center acknowledged that there was always room for improvement.

“I will continue to advocate that we build more social housing through nonprofit housing providers so that we really, really address chronic homelessness,” Naqvi said, referring to a desire to see the waiting list for social housing reduced as much as possible .

“And my commitment, if elected as a Member of Parliament, to work on this, is not only to provide real affordable housing right here in our community, but also to improve policy so that we have a real impact in our communities.”

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The new units would be funded through the National Housing Strategy and Rapid Housing Initiative, according to Naqvi, with a view to reducing chronic homelessness.

Naqvi also undertakes to pursue investments in energy-efficient retrofitting of existing community housing.

Candidates from all the major parties running against Naqvi at the Ottawa Center were quick to fire back at his announcement and criticize the ruling Liberals’ track record.

NDP candidate Angella MacEwen said housing costs for people in the Ottawa Center had “skyrocketed” under Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government and that she was determined to fight for “deeply affordable, non-market and cooperative housing” if they were sent to Parliament Hill.

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“Mr Naqvis’ promises ring pretty hollow,” said Conservative candidate Carol Clemenhagen, pointing to a recent report from the Office of Parliamentary Budget Officer listing a number of factors that “likely has limited the impact of Canada’s national housing strategy on housing needs during the first three years. ”

Among them, a decline of 15 percent was in real purchasing power of federal spending housing needs programs designed to help low-income households.

“The Liberals are playing games with the word ‘affordable,'” said Green candidate Angela Keller-Herzog.

She criticized the turnover of “a huge amount” of federal land to private developers in Ottawa and said it was the Green Party’s policy “to use public land in the long-term public interest. ”

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