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New Richelieu Court Tenants Receive Warm Welcome from Community  

Ottawa Community Housing’s new tenants at Richelieu Court met OCH staff, surrounding neighbours and Rideau-Vanier Councillor and OCH Board Chair Mathieu Fleury during a community BBQ on October 21, 2021. It was our way of saying, “Welcome home.”

OCH’s Richelieu Court renewal project, a $2.4 million investment, provides much-needed affordable housing for families in Ottawa. The improvements made during the renewal, which changed the makeup of the community – it’s a complete transformation!  

Fifteen new homes, each with three bedrooms, were built – replacing 30 one-bedroom apartments. A bungalow was converted into a five-bedroom barrier-free home with a two-bedroom home in the lower level.  

“The Richelieu Court revitalization is an exciting investment in the Vanier community meeting several unique needs and goals. It provides much-needed affordable housing for families, it preserves OCH’s housing stock and is energy efficient, helping to reduce OCH’s carbon footprint,” said Fleury.  

This project was funded through OCH’s Community reinvestment Fund, which provides funding for large-scale rebuilds or new construction in communities where the buildings are at the end of their life cycle.  

“The investment at Richelieu Court is one example of how we transform our portfolio to ensure we are meeting the evolving needs of the city’s residents. From an old Motel to a beautiful family-oriented design, we are welcoming the new families and also taking the time to thank our staff, who are committed to making a difference each and every day,” said OCH Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Giguère. 

WHAT’S NEXT? 

Paving of the parking lot and paths will be completed Once the ground thaws in 2022, residents will see more improvements. The paths and parking area will be paved, staff will add sod and plant some trees and a playground will be installed.  

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Mathieu Fleury talked to residents about the improvements coming at the Richelieu Court Community on during the welcome BBQ on Oct. 21.
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