City re­spon­si­ble for af­ford­able hous­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Condo boom leaves no room for Ron Bel­more (Feb. 7)

Your front page story on the plight of Ron Bel­more (he was Ronny when he was at Hess Street School decades ago) de­scribes a tragic sit­u­a­tion which is all too com­mon in Hamil­ton. The Spec­ta­tor’s Code Red se­ries surely made the point that poverty in Hamil­ton is a se­ri­ous prob­lem but, while it was good read­ing, it must not have hit home at City Hall.

It is easy to blame the well-in­ten­tioned de­vel­oper for dis­plac­ing Mr. Bel­more from his sad home but the city, not the de­vel­oper, has the re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide hous­ing for the dis­ad­van­taged. But I guess city politi­cians want to be re­mem­bered for fancier projects than sub­si­dized hous­ing. Paul Charles, Hamil­ton

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