Cranbrook’s Poverty Reduction Committee is calling Ottawa’s $15.9 billion housing plan a great start for low income families.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled the plan yesterday, which could create 60,000 affordable housing units and repair 240,000 more between 2021 and 2028.
The committee’s Kerri Wall called it an exciting commitment by the Federal Government.
“One of the most noteworthy things about the strategy is that people have a right to access decent affordable housing,” Wall says. “That’s going to be enshrined in legislation and that’s going to help people.”
The Committee’s Kerri Wall says that’s likely not enough to deal with the national issue entirely.
“Great things rarely happen from no effort, you always need some kind of effort to get started,” Wall says. “We feel that a national housing strategy is a great place to start, its a wonderful foundation and its a place that we can all grow from.”
Wall says with the number of local groups supporting those in need, the East Kootenay should get a piece of the pie.
She adds the funding’s focus on mixed-income development helps reduce stigma around affordable housing by not segregating the less fortunate.
– Kerri Wall, Cranbrook Poverty Reduction Committee