Construction of Sutton affordable family housing planned for 2021 

The non-profit organization Habitations Abordables Sutton (HAS) is preparing to take a new step in the realization of its project of affordable family housing now that its financial structure is confirmed as viable. Eighteen units, twelve 4 ½ and six 5 ½ divided between two buildings, will be built by the end of 2021 on rue Principale Sud, between La Passerelle des mousses CPE and the municipal housing building.

 

The organization HAS is proud to soon be able to offer new homes for rent that meet the pressing need for affordable family housing in Sutton. If the units were available as of today, the rent would be $591 per month for a 4 ½ and $645 per month for a 5 ½. These prices are subject to change for 2021. In addition, between 50% and 80% of the units will be eligible for the Rent Supplement Program offered by the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ). This program aids low-income households by setting rents at a maximum ratio relative to their income.       

The next step will be to launch the call for tenders for the construction of the homes. Subsequently, the SHQ will transmit its definitive commitment which will pave the way for construction, scheduled for spring 2021. The delivery of the housing to families is planned for the end of 2021 at the earliest. Obviously, the current health situation could cause various unexpected effects which might have an impact on the schedule. The organization leading the project, HAS, supported by the technical resource group Entraide Habitat Estrie, remains convinced that the efforts of the last eight years will finally result in the realization of this ambitious project on schedule.   

Sutton citizens will be invited to an information evening during which the project and plans for these affordable homes will be presented. Those Interested can then complete an application for registration to rent one of the units. The evening will also be an opportunity for the organization to assess the interest of people to create a cooperative to take over and manage the project.

For information, the projected cost of realization is $4,397,404. The two buildings will be financed thanks to the AccèsLogis Québec program of the SHQ, the contribution of the Town of Sutton and that of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). In line with resolution 2019-12-572 of 16 December 2019, the financial participation of the Town is made up of the donation of the land purchased from Grace Church for $101,000, the sum of $37,000 including costs related to the land, and a tax exemption of $370,311 spread across a 25-year period.