National Housing Day draws attention to county’s efforts to address affordable housing and homelessness


Photo courtesy of Northumberland County

(Left to Right): The Honourable Paul Calandra, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South; Denise Marshall, Northumberland County Director of Public Works; Mandy Martin, Warden for Northumberland County; Philip Lawrence, MP for Northumberland-Peterborough South; Victor Fiume, Chair of the Northumberland County Housing Corporation; Rebecca Carman, Northumberland County Associate Director of Housing and Homelessness. Photo courtesy of Northumberland County.

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Two things related to affordable housing took place in the last week. First, phase one of the new Elgin Park housing units was opened. It is a step forward in a project to increase access to affordable rental housing.

The second event was National Housing Day. People from across Northumberland gathered to strategize how accommodation issues are addressed locally.

Rebecca Carmen, the county’s associate Director of Housing and Homelessness, will discuss both events in this interview. She will explain what the county is doing to address affordable housing needs. More importantly, she will address the issue of building public consensus amongst residents. This is in light of the hostilities being faced by local municipalities. And it may provide a path toward finding solutions instead of facing angry citizens.

Originally aired: Dec. 1, 2023

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