New affordable rental units for people with disabilities open in Kitchener

More affordable housing will be available for people with disabilities in Kitchener as the Canadian government contributed $2.07 million toward 22 new rental housing units on Thursday.

Units were built to be accessible and barrier-free to meet needs of people with disabilities

This is one of the 22 new affordable housing units on Sydney Avenue in Kitchener. Units were constructed to meet the needs of people with disabilities. (Carmen Ponciano/CBC)

A new four-storey building in Kitchener will provide 22 new affordable rental units to people with disabilities.

The Sydney Avenue building opened Thursday, with Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini unveiling the project.

The federal government committed $2.07 million to the project, which was spearheaded by KW Habilitation. 

All of the units in the building were constructed to be barrier free.

"The need is so great as people age or people that have different issues and have a physical challenge, have nowhere to go or are living in situations sub-par to what their needs are," said Ann Bilodeau, the executive director of KW Habilitation.

Bilodeau said all of the one and two-bedroom units are already assigned, and there is currently a waiting list for spots. 

Saini said part of residents' rent will be subsidized by the region, and rents will be below 30 per cent of the median household income in the area.

"What's more important is that they will have a place which will be accessible, affordable and some place they can call home," he said.

Bilodeau said the K-W Habilitation board of directors has approved plans for two additional buildings in Kitchener and Waterloo.