Council approved funds to support a housing needs assessment aimed at ensuring that any new supportive housing programs are geared to those who need it most.
The Cochrane Society for Housing Options (CSHO) made the request at the July 8 Council meeting and will lead the housing needs assessment in partnership with the Town of Cochrane’s Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) department.
“We need to ensure the housing infrastructure is in place so everyone in our community has access to safe, suitable and affordable housing,” said Mayor Jeff Genung. “Recent community discussions have highlighted the need for specialized housing and associated services in our community, and Council is happy to support the CHSO with funding to get this project underway.”
The study aims to look at the diverse housing needs in our community, including affordable housing, seniors housing, shelters and youth homelessness. Redeveloping municipally owned land in the Town’s tri-site area may be a key component in addressing gaps in the housing continuum and creating solutions for under-served segments of the population.
The CSHO also plans to apply for grant funding from the Canada Mortgage and Housing to support the study.
The CSHO operates the local affordable rental housing program on behalf of the Town, advocates for a full range of housing, provides community education on housing related topics, and owns and operates Home Reno Heaven to raise funds for housing-related programs and services. CSHO also works with other organizations in the Cochrane area that support individuals with housing needs not currently served by the housing market.
The last housing needs assessment and implementation plan was completed in 2009. A new study is required to apply for capital funding through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund and other grants.
Cochrane’s 2019 housing needs assessment is expected to start this fall.