In March 2022, both the City of Brantford and the County of Brant approved the creation of a new affordable housing build on Trillium Way in Paris, Brant – one of the collaborative projects being implemented to achieve the deliverables set out in the Mayors’ Housing Partnerships Task Force Affordable Housing Action Plan.
The need for more affordable housing in our community has never been greater. At present, there are over 1,450 households on the community housing waitlist, whereby over 65 per cent of applicants are waiting for one- and two-bedroom units including seniors, people with no dependents and small families.
“Housing need presents itself in every community including the County of Brant. Citizens can find it challenging to secure affordable quality housing in their community and many people take a second job or choose which bill to pay. I am very pleased with the County and City’s response to partner and take action to construct new affordable homes in Paris to address this ever growing and concerning trend,” said David Bailey, Mayor for the County of Brant.
Consistent with the plan to build 506 new housing units between 2020 and 2030, and a new cost sharing agreement approved by both municipalities, capital costs for each new affordable housing development in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant will be proportionately shared by each municipality. The County’s contribution to the Trillium Way development is estimated at $12.5 million, up to $15 million. The City’s proportionate total contribution to the total 506 units build is estimated at up to $40 million.
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to have access to the security, wellbeing, and improved quality of life that comes with housing stability. Recognizing we still have a great deal of work to do to achieve our mutual goals, tackling the affordable housing crisis in our region together with our neighbours in the County of Brant through cost sharing initiatives such as the Trillium Way development is a very positive step forward,” said Kevin Davis, Mayor for the City of Brantford.
Through a request for proposals (RFP) process, Verly Construction Group has been selected to build the new affordable housing build at 170 Trillium Way in Paris, Brant. This new development will provide 49 one and two-bedroom units for a mixture of income levels and households. The development process has begun with the first phase being the design of the building to be followed by the construction phase later this year. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
Community members can review affordable housing eligibility requirements and apply for the centralized housing waitlist at www.Brantford.ca/FindAffordableHousing or by calling 519-759-4150.