Cornerstone Landing seeks action on Youth Homelessness from Lanark County Council
Terrilee Kelford, Chair of Cornerstone Landing made an impassioned plea to Lanark County council on Wednesday regarding youth homelessness, an issue her organization is committed to help solve.
Ms. Kelford remarked at the beginning of her presentation to council that she has been coming to such meetings for 19 years. She noted that federal funding for support for homeless youth has been unfairly meted out as of late, leaving Lanark and the region in a housing crisis.
She spoke of urgency as winter approaches due to the fact that some will risk their health and even lives by sleeping outside.
When asked by Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow what the largest barrier was to a solution she answered, affordable housing. “Municipalities need to scour their budgets looking for funds for rent supplements and new housing,” said Kelford. “They also need to look at municipal bylaws to reduce barriers for secondary suites and tiny homes. A change of will and attitude is required,” she added.
Cornerstone Landing currently owns a completed Tiny Home. They are now trying to cut through the red tape that is preventing them from putting it on a property somewhere in Lanark, to us it as emergency housing.
Following the meeting Kelford posted images to Facebook to outline the seriousness of the crisis in the county. That post is embedded below with permission.
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