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Clark supports Habitat's plan to expand home ownership

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Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark recently met with Habitat for Humanity Thousand Islands chair Pam Little, vice-chair Martin Van Andel and treasurer Bill Spencer to discuss the Habitat for Humanity Impact Fund.

(QUEEN'S PARK) - Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark has asked the Minister of Housing if he will support a proposal by Habitat for Humanity Ontario to make the dream of home ownership a reality for more families.

Clark tabled an Order Paper Question on the issue this week following a meeting with members of Habitat for Humanity Thousand Islands, who have overseen construction of more than 14 homes in our region.

"Addressing the need for more affordable housing in Ontario will require more than just politically motivated funding announcements every four years right before an election," said Clark. "We need to bring all partners, including municipalities, builders, landlords and housing advocates to the table with the federal and provincial governments to develop a comprehensive plan that meets the unique needs in all communities."

Clark said Habitat for Humanity is an important part of the solution because of their proven track record of doing more than just talking about housing.

"Habitat affiliates like ours in Leeds-Grenville roll up their sleeves and build houses that give families a new start in life," said Clark. "I've been a longtime supporter of their work and am proud to support their call to create the Habitat for Humanity Impact Fund."

Habitat is seeking $25 million from the provincial government over four years to help build as many as 500 new homes during that time.

"It's an affordable investment that would make a tremendous impact in communities across the province," said Clark.

"We know that investing in affordable housing improves quality of life, while improving the social-economic and health outcomes of our communities. I want to thank MPP Clark for his interest in this proposal and his strong support," said Pam Little, board chair with Habitat for Humanity Thousand Islands.

The Order Paper question on Habitat's proposal was one of 10 MPP Clark tabled this week, along with two motions and a private member's bill, following the government's politically motivated prorogation.

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