Today, Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, convened local housing stakeholders as part of a series of meetings focused on building 2,000 units of affordable housing in Peterborough-Kawartha.
“Ensuring that our community has affordable housing is a collective responsibility. It’s going to take the combined efforts of all levels of government, housing service providers, private developers, and those with lived experience,” said Monsef. “There were 25 people in the room with me today focused on how we can build more affordable housing instead of listing reasons why we can’t.
“As MP, I am excited to work with local leaders who are making a lot of progress.”
Represented at today’s meeting were the Peterborough Housing Corporation, Kawartha Participation Projects, Habitat for Humanity, YES Shelter for Youth and Families, The Mount Community Centre, Fleming College, Trent University, St. Giles and St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Churches, Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, as well as City of Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien and Councillors Keith Riel and Henry Clarke, and Selwyn Mayor Andy Mitchell.
Five concrete next steps were established as a result of the meeting;
- A follow up meeting with private developers who are interested in building affordable housing.
- An information session in early February to provide details on the National Housing Strategy to those interested in applying for federal funding.
- Regular updates to keep the public informed on our progress.
- Additional human resources made available by the MP’s office and City of Peterborough to increase supports to those interested in building affordable housing.
- Convening an expert advisory council to better coordinate and expedite local building efforts.