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Northumberland County welcomes release of National Housing Strategy

Posted on Thursday November 23, 2017

Northumberland County welcomes release of
National Housing Strategy


Cobourg, ON – November 22, 2017 – Northumberland County welcomes the release of the first ever National Housing Strategy, announced today by the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC.)

With the single largest commitment ($11.2 billion) in the 2017 Federal Budget being invested over 10 years in housing, County Council has been anticipating the details to determine whether there will be supports for local commitments. 

“With Northumberland County Council having proclaimed November 22nd as Housing Awareness Day in conjunction with National Housing Day, we applaud the Federal Government for committing, on this day, to a National Housing Strategy, dedicating long-term funding to homelessness, and beginning long-term investment in affordable housing,” stated County Warden Mark Walas.  “There is strong alignment between this strategy and Council’s commitment to ending chronic homelessness and developing affordable housing strategies in Northumberland.” 

Today’s announcement includes commitments such as:

· reducing chronic homelessness by 50 per cent;

· removing more than 530,000 households from housing need;

· creating 100,000 new housing units;

· repairing and renewing 300,000 existing housing units;

· protecting an additional 385,000 households from losing an affordable place to live.

Northumberland County Community and Social Services Director Lisa Horne added:  “We remain committed to the goals put forward in the County’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan and are extremely proud of our community’s efforts to date.  We also recognize that there is much more work to be done so I am encouraged to see this National Housing Strategy.  We look forward to continuing to work with our federal and provincial partners as further announcements are made, to ensure we are capitalizing on all possible opportunities to advance a coordinated community response to housing and homelessness in Northumberland County.”

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For more information:
Kate Campbell

Director, Communications
Northumberland County
Phone: 905-372-3329  x2335




About the County of Northumberland: Quick Facts

Located an hour east of Toronto, Northumberland County is a thriving  community strategically positioned along Highway 401 with access to  both  Toronto and eastern  Ontario.  As the upper tier of municipal government for the region, the County weaves together seven diverse yet complementary municipalities.  Northumberland County Council is comprised of the Mayors of each of these seven member municipalities, representing:

• Township of Alnwick/Haldimand

• Municipality of Brighton

• Town of Cobourg

• Township of Cramahe

• Township of Hamilton

• Municipality of Port Hope

• Municipality of Trent Hills

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