At their January 14, meeting, Council approved the establishment and terms of reference for the Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing.
The mandate of the Mayor’s Task Force is to examine the current state of affordable housing in the Municipality and make recommendations for strategies and opportunities to expand access for residents.
The establishment of the Task Force was seen as a priority by the new Council as a means of identifying priority short and longer-term objectives and implementation strategies aimed at expanding affordable housing options and availability for the residents of North Grenville.
“North Grenville is a rapidly evolving community where housing is becoming more expensive and rental options are very limited. It is crucial that we develop a plan that better responds to the needs of low income seniors, growing families and our youth,” notes Mayor Nancy Peckford. “Both the Provincial and Federal Governments have prioritized this issue and there are opportunities to make a difference.”
The Task Force will be comprised of the Mayor, one additional member of Council and up to 10 community members. It will meet approximately once a month over the course of the year. The established timelines require an interim report be completed by the end of September and a final report to be presented to Council by the end of January 2020.
Applications to serve on the Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing are available from www.northgrenville.ca/careers and can be dropped off in person at the Municipal Office (285 County Road 44) or sent to [email protected] prior to February 4 at 5:00 p.m.
A special email address has been set up to provide a simple method of communicating with the Task Force: [email protected]. For residents and business leaders who would like to make a presentation to the Task Force, or simply share their perspective, they can do so by sending an email to the address above. Individuals are also encouraged to reach out to Mayor Peckford and members of Council personally should they wish.