City hosts housing forum

Do you want to build attainable housing in Vernon? Are you interested in creating a secondary suite in your home?

Do you want to build attainable housing in Vernon?  Are you interested in creating a secondary suite in your home? Would you like to know the results of a local housing needs assessment?

A forum to provide information, ideas and networking opportunities for people interested in affordable and attainable housing takes place Thursday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the Schubert Centre.

“We want the community to be up to date on the programs and policies that exist to encourage attainable housing but also discuss the challenges to reaching our housing goals,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham, chairperson of Vernon’s affordable housing committee.

The forum is broken down into three main sessions and participants are welcome to pick and choose which sessions to attend.

First on the agenda at 3 p.m. is B.C. Housing and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to talk about provincial and federal programs.  The next session begins at 4 p.m. and includes a panel of speakers on the results of the Regional District of North Okanagan quality of life survey, universal design guidelines for aging in place and an overview of a local housing needs assessment. The final session at 5 p.m. will be an interactive workshop to review the current municipal policies on attainable housing and provide participants a chance to give feedback to the City of Vernon.

For more information or to pre-register for the event, contact info@socialplanning.ca.