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Trillium Way Housing development.
Brant County’s Trillium Housing development is on track to be completed by spring 2025 to provide affordable housing.
A multi-residential, 4-story apartment building with 49 one and two-bedroom units is being built across a 0.4-hectare property on 174 Trillium Way, Paris to increase affordable housing. This is a collaborative project with the City of Brantford in partnership with Brantford Native Housing, the Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services in Brantford and the Sensity Deafblind and Sensory Support Network in Paris.
“We are hopeful that through our partnerships with the city, we can continue to create opportunities that will positively impact residents,” said Brant County mayor David Bailey.
Brant County received $2.4 million in a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation federal grant, $340,000 from the Social Services Relief provincial fund and another $260,000 in provincial funding, all included in the total $12.5 million approved budget.
The Trillium Way development will be open to households in need of affordable housing in Paris and Brantford. This includes those on Brantford’s centralized housing wait-list for community housing, which has over 975 households. One-third of households are seniors, one-third are singles and couples waiting for one-bedroom or bachelor units and another third are families. Wait times can be from two to 12 years, depending on the type of household, the number of buildings applicants selected and if the application has priority status.
The wait-list is also open to community members in need of affordable housing outside of Brantford. To qualify, applicants can’t owe rent, other housing costs or damages to another housing provider without a repayment schedule in place. Household members can’t be convicted of an offence related to housing assistance and at least one needs to be 16 years old or older and able to live independently. If an applicant owns a home, they have to agree to sell it. More information on the eligibility requirements for affordable housing is available in the Brant Access to Housing Applicant Information Guide and on www.Brantford.ca/FindAffordableHousing.
“Everyone should have the chance to feel secure and improve their quality of life through stable housing,” said Brantford mayor Kevin Davis. “While we know there’s still a lot of work ahead to reach our goals, working together with our neighbours in the County of Brant on projects like Trillium Way is a very positive step forward.”