Council to Hold Special Meetings on Housing and Homelessness
Lanark County Council has approved three special meetings in March and April to focus on housing and homelessness following a special meeting of the community services committee in January.
At that meeting, five recommendations were approved to try to help alleviate an increasing affordable housing crisis, including the release of an expression of interest for housing projects, the addition of more portable housing benefit units and rent supplement spaces, the replacement of lost rent supplement units with portable housing benefits, and a partnership with Lanark County Mental Health to hire a registered counsellor/psychotherapist to work with housing staff until December 2021.
The special meetings are the result of direction to staff to provide council with additional information and education. The first meeting is slated for March 24 and will focus on the county’s service manager role and programs and the housing and homelessness programs and services offered. The second meeting, on April 14, will highlight lower-tier municipal opportunities, such as planning tools to support affordable housing development, and will include presentations from local planners or other organizations. The third meeting is planned for April 28 and will focus on current non-profit initiatives in housing and homelessness, featuring presentations from selected non-profits regarding ongoing services or new initiatives that support the housing sector.
All of the meetings will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. via Zoom, and recommendations from the meetings will be brought to county council for consideration. To attend the meetings virtually, contact the Clerk’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact Emily Hollington, Director of Social Services, at 1-888-9-LANARK, ext. 2101.