A plan for safe, secure and affordable housing in the City of Lethbridge has been given the green light by City Council.
Voting in favour of the Municipal Housing Strategy Implementation Plan, City Council have accepted the outlined strategy which was brought forward by Manager of Community Social Development, Martin Thomsen.
"This plan allows us to make safe, secure and affordable housing a priority for our city," says Thomsen. "There are a total of 51 recommended actions in this plan and we intend to move forward on those items as soon as possible."
Some of the 51 recommended actions include reviewing land-use bylaws to identify opportunities to support development of affordable and supportive housing. Another action item outlines working with housing partners in the Federal and Provincial Governments and the private sector to implement a pilot program specifically to create affordable housing in the city.
Councillor Belinda Crowson who is the chair of the Municipal Housing Task Force, says the implementation plan needs collaboration with various levels of government, industry and community to be successful.
"We're looking to our Federal and Provincial partners along with our local housing industry to find creative ways to carry out this work," said Crowson. "As this plan has been community-led and developed with engagement from the community, I am hopeful that we will see support and enthusiasm from our residents as this work is carried out."
The implementation of the Municipal Housing Strategy will see work started shortly with work on developing partnerships and advocacy one of the first action items to be tackled.
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