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Calling all developers: proposals for new seniors housing in Summerside sought

Tina Mundy, minister of family and human services, is shown entering the legislature on Thursday. During question period, she confirmed that 30 senior units are coming to Charlottetown.
In this Saltwire Network file photo, Tina Mundy, minister of family and human services, is shown entering the legislature on Thursday. During question period, she confirmed that 30 senior units are coming to Charlottetown. - Maureen Coulter

The provincial RFP is planning for at least 20 affordable seniors housing units in Summerside, 30 in Charlottetown

SUMMERSIDE – A call to developers has been made by the provincial government to submit proposals for at least 20 new affordable seniors housing units in Summerside.

The project is part of $5.2 million in federal funding received through the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement, which is allocated for new seniors units in areas of most need.

“Housing is a priority for government and this project is one of many initiatives underway to improve social housing options in the province,” said Family and Human Services Minister, Tina Mundy.

“The timing of these proposals means developers can prepare for the spring construction season and building can begin soon to increase the supple of affordable housing for Island seniors.”

The deadline for submitting proposals is March 15 and details are available at www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/tenders.

The federal funding also includes a request for proposals issued recently for 30 new seniors units in Charlottetown. Both the Summerside and Charlottetown units will be completed and available for rental by April 2019.

This project also stems from the government initiatives to collaborate with municipalities, private developers and communities to meet housing needs of the future. So far, a team of housing experts and clients was assembled to help create a provincial housing action plan and a housing supply task force was established to inform the work of the team and identify innovative approaches to address housing challenges across the province.

For more information on seniors housing programs offered by the Prince Edward Island government, visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/senior-housing.

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