Conference Announcement: Northern Housing Summit in Sioux Lookout! | Shared Value Solutions

Jeremy Shute, Mitchell Avis and Mike Van Egmond from Shared Value Solutions will be attending the Northern Housing Summit June 27th in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. We’re excited to see many of you there. Look for our booth at the trade show in the Sioux Lookout Recreation Centre Gym!

The Northern Housing Summit (NHS) will look for solutions to continuing and growing housing needs in Northern Ontario. NHS will bring stakeholders and interest groups together to attend, sponsor, present and participate in the Summit. NHS will address the growing population and housing shortages that Northern Ontarians face. The 2018 focus community of Sioux Lookout will provide context and practical examples of how the population has grown, while the available housing has not, as seen in much of the region. Join us at NHS 2018 to identify the growing needs of Northern Ontario while developing partnerships and strategies to help meet housing demands.

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Northern Ontario is facing a housing shortage that may become the limiting factor to the growth of communities in this area. The Northern Housing Summit (NHS) seeks to bring together professionals, non-profits, builders, government and First Nations to find solutions for the lack of housing in Northern Ontario. A prime example of this shortage can be seen in the Municipality of Sioux Lookout where there are 150 job vacancies which represent 30% of all available posted jobs in Northwestern Ontario but only 3.5% of Northwestern Ontario’s available housing market is in Sioux Lookout. Read More>

Northern Housing Summit aiming to find solutions to housing needs | The Sioux Lookout Bulletin

Sioux Lookout is preparing to host delegates from across Northwestern Ontario to look for solutions to continuing and growing housing needs across the region with a focus on this community.

The Northern Housing Summit (NHS) is expected to bring stakeholders and interest groups from a variety of sectors together in Sioux Lookout June 26 – 28.

Municipal Economic Development Manager Vicki Blanchard shared, “The Municipality of Sioux Lookout has conducted several research projects around housing. For the last 30 years, housing has always been top of mind… In 2016 we conducted a housing survey and during the housing survey, we looked at some of the detail and the data, and we’ve been listening to the public and listening to our own employees that we’re hiring about the cost of rental properties or no rental properties available. This has become a real issue.”

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Ontario Election 2018: Here Are Party Leaders’ Plans For Affordable Housing | Toronto Storeys

Ontario voters are certainly talking about it and political leaders say they have a plan.

Housing — ranging from the high cost of buying a home to skyrocketing rent to lack of affordable units — is a key piece in the 2018 provincial election campaign as it heads into the final two-week stretch. Election day is June 7.

While the plans put forward by Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne, the NDP’s Andrea Horwath, the Tory’s Doug Ford and Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner may differ in complexity, they all agree something has to change.

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Homelessness Problem Under the Microscope

The Kenora District Services Board is conducting its first ever count of the homeless population.

Chief Administrative Officer Henry Wall says they are hitting the road to conduct a massive survey to determine the extent of the homelessness problem and what they can do to fix the system.

To read the whole CKDR 92.7FM Dryden article click here.