Mayor of Cornwall shares support for residents of Cumberland Gardens

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Cornwall Mayor Glen Grant released a statement on Friday, expressing his intentions of continued support for residents of Cumberland Gardens.

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Grant’s statement came on the heels of Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry MP Eric Duncan, who released an open letter to owners of the 85-unit development on Tuesday.

“News from Cumberland Gardens earlier this month caused widespread anger throughout the community. As mayor and resident of our city, I want to acknowledge that the City of Cornwall will continue to help residents facing housing challenges through a variety of programs, including short-term rent supplements, rental assistance, utility assistance, moving expenses and short-term storage. costs,” Grant said.

“Our social services department has a dedicated team that is committed to working with welfare recipients to guide them through potential impacts on their budgets. Tenants are urged to call their Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) worker directly to discuss their situation.

Bedford Properties and Estates Ltd. bought the Cumberland Gardens subdivision in December 2021 for $11.5 million. Public records show that in February she mortgaged the property for $10.25 million to MCAP Financial Corp.

On February 26, notices were delivered to all tenants in the development informing them of Bedford’s intention to renovate all units simultaneously over a seven-month period, which would require the units to be vacant later this year. The tenants were offered $4,000 to voluntarily vacate their units and waive their rights.

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    Moving speeches at the Cornwall Housing Affordability Walk

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    Lots of questions, answers, at Cumberland Gardens Town Hall

Since the notices were first issued, the Roy McMurtry Legal Clinic and others have held various sessions for tenants to educate them on their legal rights and whether to file applications opposing the intentions. reported from Bedford to the Landlord and Tenant Board.

“I also want you to know that tenants of Cumberland Gardens – along with all tenants in our city – (have) the right to a hearing before the Landlord and Tenant Board if they face eviction. Going forward, I will continue to work with our local MPP Eric Duncan and MPP Jim McDonell to meet the current housing needs of our residents. Anyone with questions regarding housing regulations and laws can contact MPP Jim McDonell’s office for more information,” Grant wrote in his statement.

Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell previously declared his support for tenants in a written statement, saying his party “wants(s) to encourage a safe and fair system when renting property so that both tenant and landlord can benefit from.”

The two PCPO candidates, Andrew Guindon and Nolan Quinn, said affordable housing is something they would work to prioritize. Liberal Party nomination contestant Kirsten Gardner has made her position on the issue very clear: she participated in a recent housing affordability march in Cornwall to show her support and has continually encouraged discussion on the affordable housing around SDG council.

Tenants seeking assistance through the Cornwall Housing Programs Division can call 613-933-6282 ext. 3315 to request an application or an appointment. Further information is also available on the city’s website.

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