A stakeholder gathering held at NSCC Burridge campus on Thursday, Feb. 27, has provided a local housing committee with valuable information.
Participants included property owners and landlords, as well as representatives from several government departments.
The Community Housing Options Initiative though Collaboration and Engagement housing committee organized the event, which was facilitated by Public Health Services health promoter Denise Vacon.
She prepared the Yarmouth County Housing Statistics summary report, a document that includes numerous statistics on the region.
Yarmouth has the highest percentage of subsidized housing per capita in the province.
During the workshop, participants were asked to expand on and address issues that act as barriers to ideal housing.
These include a lack of information, collaboration, infrastructure and problems associated with rules and regulations.
Participants discussed issues and possible solutions at worktables and posted the results at the end of each session.
At the conclusion, each participant was provided with eight dots and encouraged to place them on solutions.
Many of the dots ended up on “support workers and community outreach,” more staff for enforcement,” “need for supportive type housing” and “housing navigators.”
All of the information generated during the gathering will be collated into a document that will enable the housing committee to prioritize, develop an action plan and establish partnerships.
“The issue of housing can be overwhelming. These are the things we can get started on. It doesn’t mean it will all be solved tomorrow but it does mean we can start down the path,” said Vacon.