In the Kawarthas, Council announced that the City will be participating in the 20,000 homes campaign, a nationwide initiative which aims to house 20,000 of Canada's most vulnerable homeless people by late 2018. The Kawartha Lakes Council plans to house 24 of those by the end date of July, 2018.
The Region of Durham also took the next step towards affordable housing in late June, with the approval of the terms of reference for a affordable housing task force.
Regional Chair Roger Anderson has been an active advocate for bringing more affordable housing to the Region, stating in his address to the Scugog Chamber recently that “nobody should have to go to bed without a roof over their head.” He stressed it is not just southern cities and towns like Oshawa that need affordable housing, it is just as necessary in North Durham as well.
Scugog Councillors recently heard a presentation, at the June 20 meeting regarding a draft housing plan, which would include affordable housing.
According to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), Scugog housing values are currently sitting at over $400,000, with some houses in the Township selling for much more.
Most view the homeless as those who have made a wrong decision that has cast them out on the street. However, there are many other factors, including devastating fires, the constant increase in the cost of living, and company downsizing.
The Canadian Press estimates that about 235,000 people in Canada are homeless each year.
According to an online statement by North House, “unaffordable housing is strongly linked to poor health and poor educational outcomes for children.”
It is heartwarming to see that much is being done by the local and regional governments to combat this crisis.
Hopefully in the future, nobody will have to go to bed without the safety and security of a roof of their own.