Sleeping cabins put on hold as Cobourg council to offer land to county for affordable housing

Northumberland Sleeping Cabin Collective

Volunteers stand outside a sleeping cabin as part of a public education campaign for the Northumberland Sleeping Cabin Collective.

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The full interview with bonus material:

The Northumberland Sleeping Cabin Collective was before the Cobourg council earlier this week. Politicians were deciding what to do next. Staff recommended two alternatives: reject it or go forward with the proposal to put 12 units next to the Memorial Arena on Furnace Street.

After politicians presented their positions, Deputy Mayor Nicole Beatty offered a third choice. Declare the land surplus and offer it to Northumberland County as a site for an affordable housing project. The idea was unanimously approved. Meanwhile, the sleeping cabin proposal was accepted for informational purposes, meaning it has not been rejected.

As for the collective, the question remains: What is next?

In this interview, you will hear the group’s reaction. Meghan Sheffield, a spokesperson for the collective, will talk about the group’s response to the various positions of politicians and opponents. Plus, she will say where the project goes from here.

Originally aired: April 7, 2023

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