Seniors in Chester will soon have a new place to call home with the opening of four new affordable housing units. Premier Darrell Dexter, along with Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse and Senator Gerald Comeau, on behalf of Diane Finley, Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, officially opened the new units today, July 4, on Highway No. 3. The $685,000 project was jointly funded by the province and federal government, through the Economic Stimulus Program. “Families, seniors and persons with disabilities deserve affordable, accessible homes, like the units opening today,” said Premier Dexter. “For the residents who are about to move in, these units will allow them to stay in their communities and live independently, longer. Affordable housing isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution and the province will continue to work with its partners to ensure affordable housing is available to those who need it most.” The barrier-free units are designed to accommodate seniors and persons with disabilities and include energy-efficient features, easier maintenance and outdoor storage space. The units are also designed to meet or exceed the LEED Silver standard for energy and water. “On top of significant investment in affordable housing across the province, the province has taken a number of steps to make life better for Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “The province has introduced and increased the Poverty Reduction Credit and Affordable Living Tax Credit, removed the provincial portion of the HST from home heating and other family necessities, increased and the Nova Scotia Child Benefit for the second year in a row, and returned provincial income tax to 17,000 seniors.” More than $145 million has been invested in affordable housing in Nova Scotia since 2009. “The government of Canada is proud to contribute more than $340,000 in funding for this project,” said Senator Comeau. “These new units will provide quality, affordable housing and benefit the economic and social well-being of the entire community.” The federal and provincial governments contribute equally to an overall investment of $96 million under the amended Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Program Agreement. More than 1,900 affordable housing units have been created or preserved in Nova Scotia under the program. For more information on these projects, visit www.gov.ns.ca/coms/affordablehousing .