Four members of City Council will form a task force to develop a municipal housing strategy that addresses the full spectrum of social and affordable housing needs in Lethbridge.
"A municipal housing strategy that aligns with the National Housing Strategy recently announced by the federal government will help Lethbridge leverage provincial and federal resources and enable City Council to strategically allocate those resources to projects that best meet the range of housing needs in the community," says Mayor Chris Spearman.
Serving on the task force will be Mayor Chris Spearman as well as Councillors Belinda Crowson, Blaine Hyggen and Rob Miyashiro. Establishing the task force allows Council to get an immediate start on one of the objectives set out in their 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, which was also approved today.
The mandate of the task force is to consult with key external stakeholders and internal City departments and to strategically collaborate with other organizations and orders of government to define:
- Current and projected housing needs across the housing spectrum
- Current housing inventory
- Strategic priorities based on inventory and projected needs
The strategy is expected to be complete by the end of October this year and will also serve as a strategic tool for all levels of government in planning and making decisions about social and affordable housing.
The housing spectrum includes housing and support for those who are homeless but also extends beyond that to permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, social housing, and affordable housing, and ultimately to home ownership. Previous plans approved by Council have focused primarily on assisting those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The most recent five-year plan, Bringing Lethbridge Home, was approved in 2015.
Gerald Gauthier, Communications Consultant
City of Lethbridge