Category Archives: Low-Cost Housing

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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Instead of demolition, use Victoria Park homes for low-cost housing

For at least a decade, Waterloo Region has had 3,000 names on a waiting list for affordable housing. That’s more than 8,000 adults and children desperate for low-cost shelter in one of Canada’s wealthiest regions. Which makes me wonder why our … 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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Public deserves more budget information

“Public engagement is a key component of the annual budget process.” So reads the high-flying introduction paragraph on a 2015 council document distributed last night at a public-input budget meeting staged by Kitchener Council. At the end of the meeting I complimented members of … 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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Front-porch politics in Kitchener’s vibrant Ward 9

Your vote counts. That’s the powerful lesson learned when I was elected by a single vote in 2010 that I would like to communicate before tomorrow’s election. And, based on subsequent conversations with hundreds of people convinced that they each cast … Continue reading

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