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Attainable Housing Task Force Forming in Saugeen Shores

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

The Task Force will be formed by May, with public information and input sessions this summer to follow

Lack of attainable housing in Saugeen Shores is growing and won't go away.

Saugeen Shores Vice Deputy Mayor Mike Myatt, presented his mandate report on the matter to council on January 13th.

Myatt spoke of a family friend who was forced from a reasonable rental unit that the landlord wanted to fix up and subsequently charge more rent.

That person's $1,200 rent was replaced with an $1,800 dollar rental charge.

Myatt fears it's only going to get worse as the municipality's population balloons in the years ahead.

He states in the report, there is some evidence to indicate that some workers are leaving Saugeen Shores due to the lack of attainable housing.

"We need to keep people from relocating from Saugeen Shores (and) bring them back into our community."

To that end, he wants to create a task force, made up of community members, to come up with a plan of action.

The purpose will be to make recommendations to council on how the municipality and broader community could actively promote the growth of attainable housing in Saugeen Shores.

He says, "We may be talking about tiny homes.  We could be talking about rents in the $700 (to) $900 range.  There's a way to get this done to provide more attainable housing for the people in Saugeen Shores."

Myatt says he hopes his task force is named by May with public information and input sessions this summer and a report coming back to council in late Fall.

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