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Public workshops are being held to consult the community as part of the engagement process for the Affordable Housing Strategy.

The workshops include a brief overview of the findings and recommendations from the recently completed Community Housing Needs Assessment, followed by a discussion of the strategies being considered to address  those needs.

Multiple dates and times are available for people to attend. Participants only need to attend one session. The dates and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday, April 17
    • 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
    • 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    • 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 24
    • 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
    • 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    • 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

The workshops are being hosted in the Ernie Radbourne Pavilion in Muskoseepi Park located at 102 Street and 102 Avenue.

Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register online at gphousingworkshops.eventbrite.ca or by calling 780-513-5236.

Previous public engagement on this project has included a public survey and workshops with key stakeholders including from the non-profit and housing industries. To view more details on previous engagement and to view a copy of the Community Housing Needs Assesment, visit engage.cityofgp.com/affordable-housing.

Background

The Affordable Housing Strategy is being created to outline how the City will help to increase the supply of dedicated affordable housing units and improve access to housing that meets the unique needs of our community.

Affordable Housing is defined by Statistics Canada and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation as housing that costs less than 30% of a household’s before-tax income.  Affordable Housing is about whether a household is able to meet its housing needs while still being able to afford other essentials, but it is not just about cost. It also includes whether a dwelling has enough room for the people living in it, and what condition it is in.

For more information on Affordable Housing in Grande Prairie, visit: cityofgp.com/affordablehousing.