Building Local Communities - A National Housing Strategy That Lasts?
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Providing affordable housing to Calgarians is a major point of my Great Neighbourhoods platform. I know a lot of you are interested in seeing this land well and have the best return on investment possible - financially, socially and environmentally - for our city and citizens.
On Wednesday, November 22, 2017, the federal government released a $40-billion national housing program. I welcome the federal government’s increased direct involvement in the delivery of affordable housing.
On my initial reading, it seems that the strategy does reflect a resident-centric approach. My desire is that a large part of this strategy has meaningful consultation with Calgarians and complements the work that The City of Calgary has been doing.
I’m optimistic that the federal government’s commitment on capital funding to deliver new affordable housing will positively impact thousands of families in Calgary, in general, and East Calgary, specifically.
While my colleagues on City Council and I look forward to working with all orders of government to ensure the most efficient and impactful use of these funds, I will remain laser-focused on ensuring the details on how this funding will flow to Calgary, what projects City Council sees as priorities, and how this funding can positively uplift and impact our friends and neighbours in our neighbourhoods.
I was also encouraged to read that the federal government will be creating a $2,500 per year housing benefit to support both tenants and non-profit housing providers alike, making many more units affordable.
As with all policies and programs that affect Calgarians, I support the direction or prioritizing research and evidence-based approaches to make sure we have the best possible policies for those who need them the most.
I will continue to keep focused on delivering the best outcomes for our citizens building Great Neighbourhoods.