Housing summit set for Nov. 29

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A special summit aimed at solving Chatham-Kent’s housing affordability crisis will be held Nov. 29 at the Capitol Theatre.

A joint effort between the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors and the municipality, the day-long event will bring together senior advocates, builders, planners and financial experts to come up with solutions for low- to middle-income households.

According to CKAR president Amber Pinsonneault, the price of homes in Chatham-Kent has risen 123 per cent between December 2018 to September 2022, putting home ownership out of reach for many residents.

Pinsonneault said the association’s realtors are “strong advocates of home ownership.

“Not only is it the dream of most Canadians; it is also the bedrock upon which our communities are built,” Pinsonneault said in a recent media release.

“For some families, however, the dream of home ownership remains elusive. It is for this reason that we must commit ourselves to providing housing options as well as home ownership,” she added, which is why the association partnered with the municipality on the event.

Local residents who want to have a say on the issue are invited to complete a survey on the Let’s Talk CK webpage regarding the attainable-market-housing-summit-update.

The summit will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature panel interviews and facilitated discussion. Tickets for the event can also be found on the municipality’s webpage.

For more information, contact housing services program manager Beth Earley at 519-351-1228 ext. 2150 or e-mail bethea@chatham-kent.ca.

 

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