Published by Quinte News – March 15, 2023
Prince Edward County Council has voted unanimously to adopt the “seven in seven” plan to build more affordable housing.
The seven in seven housing plan, developed by the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus, is a new strategy to tackle housing shortfalls across eastern Ontario by having a public/private sector partnership construct at least 7000 units of affordable rental housing over seven years.
The initiative is being lead by the EOWC and is calling upon municipalities, federal and provincial government, First Nations governments, and private sector entities to work together for a collaborative solution to the housing shortfalls facing the region.
Wait times for community housing can range from five to ten years across eastern Ontario due to the housing shortage. Approximately 12,000 to 14,000 units are currently needed just to meet existing demand.
Under the “seven in seven” plan, Prince Edward County would receive 156 affordable units while Hastings County would receive 1,400.
Recently Belleville council also voted to approve the proposal.