Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
OPINION: Housing crisis exists
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 22 Nov 2006, p. 6

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Look up. Do you have a roof over your head? If so, consider yourself among Halton's fortunate. Despite what you might believe, there are many in the region who do not have access to shelter that's within their financial means. Today (Nov. 22) is National Housing Day, a day when those who work to make housing accessible to all ask us to spend a moment to consider what it would be like to be without basic shelter. Think homelessness is not a Halton problem? Think again. While among the wealthier GTA regions, Halton is in dire need of hundreds of additional units of affordable housing. How desperate is the need? Halton Region's Annual Housing Report identifies a shortage 300-600 units of affordable housing and 400-800 units of assisted housing in the region in 2004. As a direct result of the shortage, many low-income residents-- including students, young families and fixed-income seniors-- have been forced to leave Halton to find more affordable/accessible places to live. Halton has a Comprehensive Housing Strategy that addresses this issue from now until 2015. The strategy includes a continuum of housing types for all incomes and stages of life-- from emergency shelters and government-assisted housing to private sector affordable housing. A huge roadblock to the region's plan is a basic level of ignorance about the housing crisis among residents. To mark National Housing Day and to help put a human face on the region's very real housing needs, a panel of community members is sharing personal stories about the housing crisis with residents. Called Voices for Housing Choices, the panel is sharing its stories at public events, through written words and photography. This week (Nov. 20-25), Voices for Housing Choices are on display in every Halton town/city hall. We encourage anyone who doesn't believe homelessness is an issue here to visit to one of the displays to see the real struggles of actual residents in our community. Anyone interested in acting as an ambassador for Halton's housing issue, can call Jen Lenard-Benson at 1-866-442-5866, ext. 4432, for more information.

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OPINION: Housing crisis exists