More needs to be done to expand affordable housing in North Grenville, says Mayor Nancy Peckford.
November 22nd is National Housing Day, and to mark the occasion, Peckford issued a public statement, saying the demand for affordable, sustainable housing is greater than ever in our community.
“The rising cost of living, a somewhat limited housing supply, and our own evolving demographics in North Grenville require sustained attention, innovative approaches and persistence if we are to overcome where we are right now,” Peckford said.
She also said the municipality is taking steps to address the housing crisis, citing examples like the ten-unit “Court House Apartments” complex that opened in October, and Habitat for Humanity’s “Kemptville Korners” development.
However, she said these aren’t enough, and the community is in urgent need of more.
“Many of the new homes that are being built won’t meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable residents,” Peckford said. “Seniors, youth, and the unemployed face hard choices, such as moving far away or having to stay longer in their parents’ home as adult children.”
We’ve requested an interview with Peckford to learn more about the municipality’s plans to tackle the housing crisis.