Affordable Living

Housing First

Housing First means helping people move off the streets, out of shelters, and into permanent homes and then dealing with the causes of homelessness. Cities have an important role to play in working with the province and the country to encourage Housing First investments.

Housing First ensures the safety of everyone in our community. People who are homeless, especially women and youth, are at high risk of violence and poor health outcomes.

Housing First saves money. Data from the first year operation of the John Howard Society’s 12-bed supportive, affordable housing unit, indicates that when people who have been chronically homeless are housed, they require: 88% fewer police services; 96% fewer nights in emergency shelters; have 94% fewer interactions with the justice system, and need 50% fewer detox services.

Leah’s Commitments:

  • to work with residents, community groups, non-profit organizations, churches, private developers, and provincial and federal government departments to develop and begin implementing a complete Housing First strategy for Fredericton
  • to work with non-profit organizations to hire 2 new outreach workers who can provide essential support services for people in our neighbourhoods who have addictions, mental health challenges, and other complex needs
  • to consider zoning amendments that will allow for the creation of safe, responsible, well-maintained rooming houses

Responsible Urban Development

Responsible Urban Development means increasing development within walking distance of products, services and recreational facilities while maintaining the culture and heritage of our downtown. Access to affordable downtown housing and services is especially important for people with mobility issues.

Responsible Urban Development decreases costs and increases revenues. Residential and commercial development in the downtown core increases the number of homes and businesses paying property taxes, thereby increasing city revenues and/or decreasing individual tax burden. Increased revenues can be directed at providing improved public transportation and other services that promote urban living, and can stabilize property tax rates for residents.

Leah’s Commitments:

  • to work with the Stepping Stone Senior Centre, non- profit organizations, businesses, and residents to explore how to increase the availability of services for all people in our neighbourhoods
  • to work with residents, local business owners, post- secondary institutions, the Chamber of Commerce, city staff, and economists to determine ways to give incentives to businesses that offer economic, environmental, and social returns on investment
  • to continue pressing for forward momentum on the development of the Exhibition Grounds

Read more of Leah’s Affordable Living thoughts in her post from April 30th.
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We’d love your thoughts on these ideas and commitments – please share your comments below, or contact me to discuss!
Check out more of Leah’s ideas: Healthy Neighbourhoods, Engaged Communities
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