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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Affordable Housing Help

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Bruce County wants Brockton, other municipalities to help with housing needs.

The County of Bruce wants to Brockton to help with its affordable housing needs.

Housing Administrator Susan Earle has requested that Brockton review its surplus land to determine if there is any available for an affordable housing project.

Earle says the need for affordable housing in Bruce County is great -- and there are over 300 names on the County's affordable housing waiting list.

What's worse says Earle is that homelessness is also becoming a problem in Bruce County.

She says Bruce County's homeless may not all live on the streets -- but rather stay in motels rooms or jump from one place to another.

Earle says the County has set out an ambitious goal of creating 445 new affordable housing units over the decade.

Brockton Mayor and Warden David Inglis agrees the need for affordable housing is great.

Brockton staff have been instructed to review the list of surplus land to see if there are any suitable properties for an affordable housing development.

Bruce County is making the same request of other municipalities -- either consider a land donation or waive development fees.



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