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Sleeping cabin proposal before Cobourg council unpacked

Northumberland Sleeping Cabin Collective

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In December, the Cobourg council received a delegation from the Northumberland Sleeping Cabin Collective. It presented a proposal to build 12 units and support services on Furnace Street next to the old Memorial Arena. The proposal will cost about a quarter of a million dollars. This includes the cabins’ construction and operating costs for a six-month pilot project. The money will come from fundraising and contributions from the people living in the cabins. Continue Reading →

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Group hopes to build temporary sleeping cabins for homeless in Northumberland

Sleeping cabins

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After efforts, this summer to find a solution to people sleeping in parks and public spaces across Northumberland, a group of concerned citizens got together to propose a solution. Sleeping cabins are small huts of less than 100 sq. ft. that provide a secure, safe place for those who are homeless. These cabins are already being used in Kitchener, Peterborough, and Kingston with some success. Continue Reading →

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Seeking solutions to affordable housing and rentals through a community improvement plan

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Affordable housing and addressing homelessness is a county responsibility in Northumberland. You will hear politicians repeat this mantra often. Municipal politicians have few tools to stimulate or create affordable housing and rental units. One approach is the use of grants and loans. This can be done at the lower level. Continue Reading →

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Who owns what? Unpacking Northumberland County’s housing market

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For years I have wanted to do this story. So often, when listening to people talk about homelessness or affordable housing, the conversation inevitably turns to real estate. What is going on with the housing market in Northumberland? Advocates will tell you skyrocketing housing prices are pushing people out of the market. They will also curse investors and speculators who snap up properties to flip them – that is, buy and sell them in a short period for a profit – or turn them into rental units going for unholy monthly amounts. Continue Reading →

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Open letter calls on county residents to share ideas around solving homeless crisis

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According to Northumberland County official reports, 78 people are homeless. It could be more. There are only 24 beds at Transition House, the county’s only emergency shelter. People are sleeping in tents in the local woods. They sleep on the beach. Continue Reading →

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A house goes on an incredible journey thanks to Habitat for Humanity Northumberland

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In 2020, just before the pandemic hit, a Cobourg developer decided not to demolish a house on University Avenue. Instead, he called Habitat for Humanity Northumberland. Meghan MacDonald, the executive director, jumped at the chance to get a home it could renovate for a family in need. But before anything could be done, the pandemic hit. Suddenly, she was scrambling to figure out all the protocols and what could be done to save this house. Continue Reading →

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Coldest Night of the Year raises awareness and money to support the homeless, says organizer

Coldest Night of the Year

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With the recent wave of freezing weather, it is not hard to imagine what it must be like when you don’t have shelter. Once again, local organizers of the Coldest Night of the Year are asking for support. The walk-a-thon hopes to raise more than just money. It hopes to increase people’s understanding of the hardships many homeless people face when they don’t have a home or enough food or can’t find enough resources to live. You will hear Phil Redford talk about the event and its goals. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg mayor reflects on past year and the coming months in the face of an election year

Coburg Development

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Cobourg is booming. If you ask Cobourg Mayor John Henderson, he would tell you. And, he has proof. All kinds of development is taking place, both residential and commercial. Several companies in Northam Industrial Park just renewed multi-year leases. Continue Reading →

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Will Northumberland become the next Barrie? Planning for growth critical, says county official

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A recent study commissioned by Northumberland County is projecting the population will grow to 122,000 by 2051. This is up from the current 90,000 people who live here now. Some say we may hit that number sooner. The picture-postcard that draws so many people to come and live in Northumberland could be facing expansive, rapid growth similar to places like Barrie, Peterborough, and Clarington. The question is: where will these people live? Continue Reading →

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