Kentville families and seniors will soon have access to more affordable rental housing thanks to a $1.56-million, 24-unit development approved under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement. MLA Mark Parent, on behalf of David Morse, Minister of Community Services, and Scott Brison, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, on behalf of Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing, made the announcement today, Sept. 21. “This development is going to be a tremendous benefit to the Kentville community,” said Mr. Parent. “It addresses an identified need for more affordable homes for families and seniors in the area.” “We remain committed to creating affordable homes in large and small communities throughout the province,” said Mr. Brison. “Our ongoing support provides access to affordable rental housing in Nova Scotia that might not have been available otherwise in areas such as Kentville.” Families and seniors in Kentville will have access to a two-storey, 24-unit building which includes three barrier-free units and 12 visitable units. (Visitable units incorporate design features that reduce barriers to people with physical disabilities or reduced mobility.) The development is scheduled for completion in fall 2006. The government of Canada is providing $600,000 in up-front capital funding, while the province will commit about $287,700 in rent supplement funding. Kent Field Estates Limited will provide 20 per cent of the total development cost. To date, more than $20 million has been announced by the government of Canada, and the province of Nova Scotia and its partners, for the construction or renovation of almost 500 units in the province. A total of $56.18 million will be invested under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement. Information on the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement is available at local housing services offices or on the Department of Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms .