The Government of Yukon has provided $1.15 million to the Challenge Disability Resource Group towards the development and construction of their Cornerstone Housing project in Whitehorse. The money will support project development, including land preparation, architect fees and other design costs, and will help Challenge leverage additional funding from other sources to advance the project.
The proposed Cornerstone Housing project will provide affordable and supportive housing to persons with disabilities, persons in need of affordable housing and those experiencing barriers to long-term housing options. The 53-unit building will include 46 affordable one-bedroom units and seven affordable condo ownership units, as well as commercial space on the ground level.
This valuable project will provide safe, adequate and affordable housing that meets the needs of vulnerable individuals in our community. We are pleased to continue to support the Challenge Disability Resource Group and look forward to working with them as this project is built.
Minister Responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation Pauline Frost
This acknowledgement to partner with CDRG for the development of the Cornerstone Affordable and Supportive Housing Development is another step forward for the Community of Whitehorse. As we begin the design and engineering phase of the development, we look forward to breaking ground in late summer 2019.
Challenge Disability Resource Group Executive Director/CEO Jillian Hardie
The Yukon Housing Corporation’s $1.15 million funding for the project came from its Municipal Matching Rental Construction Program, Housing Initiatives Fund and Victims of Violence Program.
Yukon Housing Corporation contributed $750,231 towards the purchase of land for the housing project in March 2018.
The Cornerstone Housing Project addresses the three main pillars of the Housing Action Plan for Yukon:
- Pillar 1: Housing with Services – Help people gain and maintain housing with services;
- Pillar 2: Rental Housing – Increase access to adequate and affordable market and non-market rental housing and support for tenants and landlords; and
- Pillar 3: Home Ownership – increase and diversify home ownership options.
The City of Whitehorse contributed $1 million as a development incentive grant in July 2018.