Alberta strikes affordable housing task force
Last Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2007 | 11:50 AM MT
The province has struck a task force on affordable housing in Alberta that will look at solutions for homelessness, subsidized rentals and programs to help more Albertans buy homes.
The task force, announced Thursday by Housing Minister Ray Danyluk, will be chaired by Len Webber, MLA for Calgary-Foothills. Members will travel to nine Alberta communities later this month to talk about the issue.
They will publish a final report in March.
Among the 16 members of the task force are MLAs, councillors and representatives of industry associations and the non-profit sector.
Real estate values and rents have soared across the province in recent years, leading to worries Alberta will be less attractive to workers desperately needed to fill labour shortages.
Danyluk's mandate letter from new Premier Ed Stelmach outlined affordable housing as the No. 1 issue Stelmach wanted addressed within the first 45 days of his leadership.
The task force will hold community meetings in Calgary, Edmonton, Elk Point, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Hinton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer from Feb. 16 to 28.
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I'm glad Stelmach is taking direct action on this issue. I hope they come up with some solutions, particularly a workable strategy to house the homeless and other vulnerable populations.
With this and the Municipal Funding, Stelmach is doing a good job addressing urban needs right off the bat.