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A 48-unit multi-residential building, half of which will be offered at affordable rental rates, is proposed for Woodstock as the need for similar housing projects in Oxford County increases.

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The four-story apartment in the city’s south end, to be built by Woodstock Non-Profit Housing Corp., would include 24 affordable one- and two-bedroom units for seniors, single women and women with children.

“It’s a shared tenancy, and it’s also a split between affordable and market units, so it’s really a unique situation to bring a mixed-use building to Woodstock, where there’s a great need,” said Rebecca Smith, Oxford County Housing Development Manager. .

County politicians will be asked Wednesday to approve the partnership with Woodstock Non-Profit Housing Corp. and OK the allocation of more than $1.96 million in funding, by local government and Queen’s Park, to support the project.

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Staff are also asking council to give the go-ahead for the sale of excess land at 785 Southwood Way, where the 48-unit apartment will be built.

The housing corporation is building a 98-unit affordable housing project at 1231 Nellis Street in the northeast end of Woodstock. The Southwood Way apartment building would offer another avenue to remove more people from the nonprofit’s waiting list – four to seven years, with more than 60 people seeking affordable options – and in long-term housing, Smith said.

“There is a significant need for rental housing in general. We can’t build fast enough to deal with the current supply issues that we have because it’s really exceeding the needs,” she said, adding that the situation is not unique to the county.

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“We cannot meet the demand for this type of accommodation. We must continue to encourage and support these types of developments. »

In addition to the market and rental units, the project would include a meeting room and common area allowing tenants to access day-to-day support services offered by local agencies, Ingamo Family Homes Inc. and Domestic Abuse Services Oxford.

The two organizations would provide direct services, including parenting and employment support, cooking classes and counselling, to 12 dedicated units for single women and women with children looking to move into more permanent housing after being victims of domestic violence, says a staff report.

If approved, construction on the development would begin in March and be ready for occupancy as early as August 2024.

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