Affordable housing facility with mental health supports opens in Drummondville

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Lise Thériault, Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region are proud to announce that the Habitation SM Drummond project is now completed. The Drummondville building provides 14 units of affordable housing for people with mental health issues. Its development required investments of over $2.3 million.

Route 122 runs through the city of Drummondville. Photo by Vintotal via Wikimedia Commons.
Route 122 runs through the city of Drummondville. Photo by Vintotal via Wikimedia Commons.

The Réseau d’aide le Tremplin (RALT) is behind the construction of this building, located near downtown, which will include permanent housing and supportive transitional housing units. Of the 14 units, 4 will be adapted for people with reduced mobility. The building also has a community hall.

The RALT is a community and alternative organization that led to the implementation of a new mental health intervention model in Quebec. The model is based on the participation of the community in assisting people with mental health issues. The creation of affordable housing resources is one of the areas of focus of the RALT and the Habitations SM Drummond is being added to the other resources already implemented in Drummondville by the organization over the past few years.

“Our government is committed to helping people in Drummondville and throughout the country. The Habitations SM Drummond provides 14 safe and affordable units to members of the community dealing with mental health issues. This is a tangible step toward our ambitious goal of ensuring that more Canadians have access to housing that meets their needs. Projects such as this also contribute to stronger, more inclusive communities,” said Jean-Yves Duclos.

This project received over $900,000 in funding from CMHC and the SHQ under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement, and the City of Drummondville invested $100,000 in the project. Additional financial assistance of $240,940 over five years, assumed by the SHQ (90%) and the City of Drummondville (10%), enables all the tenants to benefit from the Rent Supplement program, ensuring that they will not pay more than 25% of their income on housing.
Some of the other contributors included the Fonds de développement régional ($50,000), the Réseau d’aide le Tremplin ($35,000) and the Société de développement économique de Drummondville ($25,000). Transition énergétique Québec also provided $28,000 to ensure that the building met Novoclimat certification standards.

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