Without good jobs people can’t pay the mortgage. Without affordable housing, people can’t take available jobs.
It’s a vicious cycle that council in Prince Edward County is hoping to put an end to by tackling the affordable housing issue.
On Thursday at their committee of the whole meeting, council heard a presentation from Anthony Lemke on behalf of the Prince Edward County Affordable Housing Network (PECAHN).
He proposed a partnership that would see 26 buildings built on a three acre portion of land in Wellington.
A report will come from staff at a later date on the project but those around the horseshoe seemed very interested in what Lemke was proposing.
Mayor Robert Quaiff says he wants to make sure the affordable housing movement gains some momentum before a new council is elected.
Bob Clute of Prince Edward Hastings Habitat for Humanity was also a part of the presenting group and said this project fits perfectly with the Habitat for Humanity model.
The plan that was presented to council had nine subsidized and 17 market value homes, with Habitat for Humanity building four of the homes.
Lemke said their approach would be flexible and if accessible housing is needed they can do that. If more two-unit homes are needed they can take a look at that and if more detached single family homes are needed they will take a look at that as well.