GREAT SAINT JAMES STREET PROJECT – UPDATE
All-Together and our partner Springale Development Inc are the successful applicants for $1.3M from the Investment in Affordable Housing Program (IAH) to build new affordable housing units in Belleville and Bancroft! Very exciting!
For the complete story please click here!
Belleville’s Planning Committee has recommended to Council that our application for a re-designation of zoning to accommodate a multi-residential build be approved. This is an important step in making this affordable housing development a reality!
The Great Saint James project will be a new build located within the City of Belleville along a public transit line. It will consist of 32 affordable housing units with mixed apartment types – primarily 1 bedrooms/studios but with at least 3 3-bedroom units for use by Canadian Mental Health Association, Hastings-Prince Edward Branch, which is seeking to replace some of its aging transitional housing stock. Two-bedroom units may also be addedto accommodate requests by community agencies for use as live-in training opportunities for clients working their way to more independent living.
The build will be fully accessible on the main floor and include smart technology, office space for referral agencies, a multi-purpose common room and outdoor patio.
Affordability will be determined by the type of government financing which can be accessed but no unit shall be more than 90% of average market rent as determined by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s annual report of Average Rental Market Rents for the City of Belleville. All-Together will work to a goal of 80% of average market rent and work with Hastings County to secure rent subsidies for its tenants experiencing deep poverty.
All-Together is currently the lead agency for the Quinte Community and Housing First Partnership, a collaborative approach between support agencies and a private rental market landlord/developer to implement a supportive housing model.
All-Together will initially be a 50% owner of the new build at Great Saint James along with Springale Development Inc and its owner/president Phil Spry, who has built a solid reputation for quality workmanship and a shared vision of safe, accessible, supportive and affordable housing for some of our most vulnerable citizens.
Tom’s Place is a transitional supportive housing project for senior men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It was funded by the federal government’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy as a result of a successful application by All-Together. It opened in July 2010 and comprises a main kitchen, living room, four upstairs bedrooms and a studio-type unit for use by our Facility Tenant, who is responsible for reporting maintenance and repairs issues to All-Together as well as acting as a good-will neighborhood ambassador for the agency.
Referrals and ongoing support are provided by our valued partner Canadian Mental Health Association, Hastings-Prince Edward Branch (CMHA-HPE)
For a story by Loyalist College Journalism Student Angus Argyle about one of our tenants, please click here!
HEALTHY SPACE HOUSING
April 2014-May 2017
In April 2014, All-Together launched its first Healthy Space housing project. The project was made possible through a very generous donation of property by the Zegouras family in memory of their parents Diane and George Zegouras, former mayor for the City of Belleville and with substantial support from foundations, local businesses and housing champions.
In August 2014 we hosted an Open House for donors to view the progress we had made in our renovations to the building.
Click here to view our video Healthy Space Open House.
The 4000 square foot Victorian age brick building , located at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Church Street (Belleville), was built in 1880 by a local doctor and was occupied by doctors until 1957. The building, complete with a two-storey carriage house, is listed in City of Belleville’s Heritage Buildings.
The project was completed in May 2017 (although our last two tenants were able to move in in November 2016) It is home to low-income individuals facing complex health-related issues, both physical and mental. Our valued partners CMHA-HPE and HIV/AIDS Regional Services (HARS) provide referrals and support to our tenants.
The project comprises three 1-bedroom or studio-style units, two transitional units for persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, onsite laundry facilities, common areas for tenants both inside and outside and community oriented space for use by service and health-care agencies providing support to our tenants.