MONCTON (GNB) – The provincial and federal governments announced funding for a new affordable housing complex in Moncton today, which specifically aims to provide housing for adults with physical disabilities.

The MacDonald Centre for Independent Living development will consist of 40 affordable rental units, 10 of which will be fully accessible and 23 of which will be partially accessible.

“Investing in affordable housing is vital to building a strong and healthy province,” said Social Development Minister Dorothy Shephard. “Projects such as this one help us meet the specific needs of individuals who require accessible and affordable housing. These projects positively benefit our communities and our province.”

In addition to the subsidized rental units, the development will also feature 24-hour on-site attendant support services.

“The Comfort Life Network has been serving those living with physical disabilities in New Brunswick for quite some time now,” said federal Families, Children and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen, who is also minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. “It is with great pleasure that our government, through the National Housing Strategy, is supporting organizations like the MacDonald Centre for Independent Living so that collectively, we are better able to create more accessible and more affordable homes for Canadians.”

Funding for the units was made available as part of the bilateral housing agreement that will allocate funding over the next 10 years for the repair, renovation and creation of affordable rental units and will ensure that at least 15 per cent of new and renovated units are accessible.