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Community conversation to focus on Summerland housing issues

The Summerland Housing Task Force is hosting a community discussion on the district's housing needs on Jan. 31, 2018, at the Summerland library, beginning at 7 p.m.
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January 09, 2018 - 12:50 PM

SUMMERLAND - Summerland will be exploring housing options in a community conversation on the subject later this month.

Summerland Housing Task Force chief Erick Thompson says the community conversation will provide an opportunity for groups and individuals to discuss strategies and compare notes.

“There are some great initiatives already underway, and we want everyone to be aware of what each other is doing. Perhaps partnerships can be made, and we can help move these projects along sooner,” Thompson says.

Thompson says there is a lot of conversation about the need for affordable housing, but clarity is lacking on what options and resources are available in Summerland.

“We need to create common dialogue that moves us forward,” he says.

District of Summerland representatives, along with B.C. Housing staff will be on hand to provide brief presentations on the community’s current housing situation, with local stakeholders, including non-profit and faith-based groups on hand to share housing initiatives they are working on.

Those interested in more information on the District of Summerland’s housing situation can find the Affordable Housing Report, released on Jan.8, posted on the District’s website.

The Summerland Housing Task Force was created by the Summerland Chamber of Commerce, a key objective being to help facilitate  housing projects by bringing stakeholders together.

The Jan. 30 community conversation takes place at 7 p.m, at the Summerland library.

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