More Low in­come hous­ing in Sher­brooke

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Sher­brooke

The City of Sher­brooke will cre­ate one hun­dred low in­come hous­ing units each year, from 2015 to 2019. Mem­bers of the City’s coun­cil wish to re­new their com­mit­ment taken and achieved between 2010 and 2014, un­der the Ac­ces Lo­gis de la So­ci­ete d’habi­ta­tion du Que­bec pro­gram. The fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion of the City will be $8.4 mil­lion on a to­tal cost of $56.6 mil­lion, or 15%, to cre­ate 500 new low in­come hous­ing units. The bud­getary ob­jec­tive is to re­serve about $1.7 mil­lion a year for the project.

The rea­son to con­tinue with this pro­gram is no­tably be­cause Sher­brooke is classed 9th out of ten large Que­bec cities when it comes to the per­cent­age of sub­si­dized hous­ing on its ter­ri­tory. For ex­am­ple, in Sher­brooke 7.1 % of rental hous­ing is sub­si­dized com­pared with 14.1 % in Sague­nay.

“Many house­holds of mod­est to low in­come must pay a large por­tion of their in­come for hous­ing and, quite of­ten, for hous­ing that doesn’t re­spond to their needs. It is sim­ply a ques­tion of so­cial in­clu­sion and so­cial jus­tice and I am proud that the mem­bers of the coun­cil have sup­ported and re­newed this com­mit­ment that I took in 2009 to fix this sit­u­a­tion,” com­mented the mayor of Sher­brooke, Bernard Se­vi­gny.

The cho­sen pro­jects must meet sev­eral ob­jec­tives, most no­tably: to be sit­u­ated in sec­tors with nearby ser­vices; to con­trib­ute to the den­sity of the pop­u­la­tion to op­ti­mize the use of public ser­vices al­ready in place; and to help re­vi­tal­ize a sec­tor.

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