Published by the Quinte News – May 24, 2023
The Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus reported its plan to build thousands of community rental units over the next several years.
A report to Hastings County Council on Wednesday indicates that across the EOWC region, there are 12,000 to 14,000 units on municipal community rental housing wait lists.
The EOWC’s ‘7 in 7’ regional housing plan proposes building at least 7,000 community rental units over seven years across the region to address the wait lists. Using a mixed-model approach, the ‘7 in 7’ plan has the added benefit to bring on nearly 21,000 additional market rate units. This would total 28,000 housing units.
The plan requires partnering with Federal and Provincial Governments, as well as the private and non-profit sectors, and Indigenous partners. The Wardens Caucus reported that it is KWM Consulting Inc. to create a business case which will be ready by summer 2023.
The EOWC is also calling on government to develop a strong financial framework to support municipalities to prepare, plan and implement housing and support services.