Community consultation work is continuing toward the development of a Municipal Housing Strategy for Lethbridge.
More than 200 responses were received from a recent online questionnaire which asked Lethbridge residents about their thoughts on the current state of housing in our community and any ideas they have that would have a positive impact on housing affordability in Lethbridge. Responses to the questionnaire will provide insight into the housing issues and challenges that Lethbridge residents may be facing.
"We're very pleased with the level of community participation in the online questionnaire that was conducted over the past three weeks," says Councillor Belinda Crowson, Chairperson of the Municipal Housing Strategy Task Force.
City Council formally approved Terms of Reference today for the task force, which also includes Mayor Chris Spearman, Councillor Blaine Hyggen and Councillor Rob Miyashiro. The task force is leading the development of a Municipal Housing Strategy that will allow the City to understand and address the housing needs in the community until the year 2025. The strategy will help the City to allocate resources and better serve households in need.
The next stage of engagement will involve consultations with those in our community who have experienced homelessness or been at risk of becoming homeless. The purpose will be to gain a more in-depth understanding of the housing and support service needs of these Lethbridge residents and to explore any barriers or challenges they encounter with the current housing system.
The strategy is expected to be complete by March 2019 and will also serve as a strategic tool for all levels of government in planning and making decisions about social and affordable housing. More information on the Municipal Housing Strategy project is available at www.lethbridge.ca/HousingStrategy.
Gerald Gauthier, Communications Consultant
City of Lethbridge