More Low income housing in 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.