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Two modular housing projects for the homeless — costing $20.9 million in total and expedited using COVID emergency funds — are nearly done and tenants have started moving into one, city officials have confirmed.

The 11 Macey Ave. project was done in December and so far, 22 tenants occupy one of the 55, 350-square-foot units, said Abi Bond, executive director of the city’s Housing Secretariat.

All the tenants were formerly homeless, she said, noting that they come from the city’s permanent shelter system, temporary respite or hotel shelters, or were sleeping rough and have engaged with the Streets to Homes program.

The 150 Harrison Ave. project — which got off to a slow start — is expected to be done this month, she added.

It will have 44 350-square-foot units.

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Bond said the rent per unit is $918 but tenants will only pay 30% of their income (or of the shelter allowance provided by Ontario Works and ODSP).

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