Category Archives: Homelessness

Time to speak out on Victoria Park heritage hassle

I hope Kitchener councillors and heritage officials have the backbone to stand up to blatantly arrogant regional heritage colleagues who are determined to demolish two quality homes on Queen Street just south of Joseph Schneider Haus. And in early fall … Continue reading

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Heritage hassle, Jubilee crossing and condo at Nougat site

Out with the old and in with the new. That seems to be the situation in and around Victoria Park where, in recent weeks, a considerable amount seems to be happening. First development involves what is shaping up to be … Continue reading

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Can’t afford to delay low-cost housing

Kitchener councillors have approved  a solid foundation for an affordable-housing program. Now, with support from non-profit groups and private developers, the city hopes this July  to move ahead with projects offering low-cost shelter  located near public-transit routes throughout the city. In a unanimous committee … Continue reading

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Time to get off our butts on low-cost housing

You would never know it but affordable housing has been one of Kitchener council’s top six priority items for at least three years. And while the city has been delaying planning programs that will encourage creation of low-cost shelter, we … Continue reading

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Foundation forming for affordable-housing plan

A majority of Kitchener councillors took a tentative baby step toward an incentive program earlier this week that could encourage increased construction of affordable housing. But judging by the hand-wringing and tight votes at a Community Services committee meeting, certain … Continue reading

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Review of low-income housing incentives underway

Kitchener councillors voted unanimously this week to review a series of incentives that will help increase the city’s supply of low-income housing. The approval to hire a planning student who will assemble information about incentive-bonus housing programs used by municipalities came during … Continue reading

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Building incentive plan will boost affordable-housing supply

Kitchener planners will this year continue to build a new incentive-bonus plan designed to boost the local supply of affordable housing. Working closely with regional government as well as Waterloo and Cambridge officials, the program will offer developers a smorgasboard of incentives that … Continue reading

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Demolishing affordable-housing misconceptions

Two reasons stand in the way of Kitchener councillors and staff pushing ahead with a plan that would provide developers with incentives to build affordable housing: One involves the very tired suggestion that low-income housing is the total responsibility of regional, … Continue reading

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Kitchener should embrace program to increase low-income housing

As a local journalist writing about the need for low-income housing two decades ago, I noted there were at least 3,000 names on a local waiting list for affordable shelter. Examining the same issue as a Kitchener councillor grappling with … Continue reading

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Relaxing the regulations at homeless shelters

Rules and regulations at formal shelters have to be flexible when it comes to getting hard-core homeless people off our streets once the weather turns cold. I’m glad that conclusion has finally been reached by the social service experts at Waterloo … Continue reading

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