Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Region marks National Housing Day
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 22 Nov 2006, p. 4

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To mark National Housing Day (today) and to put a human face on Halton's housing needs, a panel of community members are sharing their personal stories about housing with the Halton community. The panel is called "Voices for Housing Choices" and the stories are shared in different ways-- in person at public events, through written word or photography. During the week of November 20-25, there will be a "Voices for Housing Choices" display in each municipality at the local town/city hall. Despite Halton's affluence, there is a significant disparity between the housing needs of the community and the availability of affordable housing. Halton Region's Annual Housing Report identifies a shortage of 300-600 units of affordable housing and 400-800 units of assisted housing in Halton in 2004. As a result, low-income residents such as students, young families or fixed income seniors are often forced to leave Halton to find a place to live. Recognizing the importance of housing, Halton Region developed a Comprehensive Housing Strategy that addresses housing from now until 2015. The strategy incorporates a continuum of housing types for all incomes and all stages of life-- from emergency shelters and government assisted housing to private sector affordable housing. If you are interested in acting as an ambassador for Halton's housing issue, please contact Jen Lenard-Benson at 1-866-442-5866, ext. 4432 to get more information about this initiative.

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Region marks National Housing Day