Vaudreuil-Dorion calls on province to revamp and provide more financial aid for social housing


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Vaudreuil-Dorion council adopted a resolution at the February 1 council meeting calling on the provincial government to improve and streamline the services provided by AccèsLogis Québec to meet the growing demand of affordable housing for people with limited income.

The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion adopted a resolution at the Monday council meeting on February 1 calling on the provincial government to improve and streamline the services provided by AccèsLogis Québec so that municipalities throughout the province can better plan social housing projects to meet the growing demand of affordable housing for people with limited income.

The resolution states that across Quebec, there are significant numbers of tenants that are comprised of families, seniors who have limited or no mobility, people who live alone, homeless people and those who could become vulnerable to homelessness, who are in desperate need of affordable housing options.

The provincial AccèsLogis program enables affordable housing to be built to help people in need by providing the social and economic parameters for municipalities to adequately meet these requirements. The Vaudreuil-Dorion council said the continuation of AccèsLogis is imperative and adequate financing is necessary for municipalities to continue providing affordable social housing options within their respective communities.

Under the current provincial guidelines, all municipalities must confirm their participation within the AccèsLogis program each year which limits their ability to effectively plan measures and devise strategies to respond to the critical shortage of affordable housing.

Municipalities also face difficulty in determining in which areas would be best suited for social housing because of the many factors that are involved in real estate development involves many players and funding sources. This lack of predictability slows down the pace regarding the construction of new housing which means that proposed projects often have to be put on hold as municipalities are forced to wait for approval to proceed with projects.

The resolution calls on the province to maintain and adequately finance its program of affordable community and social housing in compliance with the needs and realities of all Quebecers who require assistance.

It also demands that the province pursues without delay the continuation of the AccèsLogis program and devise a long-term plan in the next provincial budget for a five-year investment plan so that the housing organization can provide a minimum of 3,000 new dwellings per year, and to avoid the annual application process which slows down the creation of new units.

A copy of the resolution was sent to Marie-Claude Nichols, the provincial Liberal MNA for Vaudreuil; Martin Coiteux, Minister of Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire; Carlos Laitao, Minister of Finance; and Sam Hamad, chair of the Conseil de trésor.

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