YIMBY housing award presented to Community Living of Kincardine and District
By Liz Dadson

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Rev. Herb Klaehn (L) of Walkerton, a member of the Yes In My Back Yard (YIMBY) Team, presents the 2012 Housing Award to Andy Swan, executive director of Community Living of Kincardine and District, at the Bruce County social services and housing committee meeting Thursday afternoon in Walkerton

Community Living of Kincardine and District has received the 2012 Yes In My Back Yard (YIMBY) Housing Award.

Andy Swan, executive director, was at the Bruce County social services and housing committee meeting Thursday afternoon, to receive the award from Rev. Herb Klaehn of Walkerton, a member of the YIMBY Team.

The award recognizes Community Living for its dedication toward the development of affordable housing in Bruce County.

Swan thanked the YIMBY Team for the award and said Community Living continues to make progress on the 12-unit apartment complex which is nearing completion, on Saratoga Road in Huron-Kinloss, just south of Kincardine.

He said the new building should be completed and supported individuals moving in by the end of April, and then the old structure will be torn down.

Milt McIver, mayor of Northern Bruce Peninsula and chairman of the county housing committee, congratulated Community Living on its accomplishments.

At the committee meeting, county housing services administrator Susan Earle introduced members of the YIMBY Team, and noted that the group has been working for the past two years on a long-term housing strategy. It will now begin efforts on developing a 10-year housing and homelessness plan for the county.

Earle said the team has made some inroads in promoting affordable housing in the county and is now embarking on the development of a video which will explain the difficulties for people trying to find housing in Bruce County.

She and senior county planner Leah Andrews Barrie presented the 2012 Housing Report Card which received a "B" grade because the number of affordable units created fell below the target of 45 for last year.

Earle said that there are a number of initiatives that are not scored on the report card, plus there will have to be a component to measure homelessness added for this year.

The good news, she said, is that since September, 2010, 122 affordable housing units have been created. These include rental units and rent-supplement units.

The 2012 report card indicates the following changes from 2011:

  • The unemployment rate in Bruce County fell to 4.5 per cent from five per cent
  • The average monthly market rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Kincardine fell to $651 from $703
  • The average resale house price in Bruce County (single detached) fell to $217,754 from $227,431
  • The number of new affordable units created fell to 28 from 39

Earle noted that five actions, outlined in the 2010 housing strategy, have been completed, while 14 are ongoing or in progress.


She also pointed out that the Investment in Affordable Housing program resulted in 17 home owners who were able to purchase a home with down-payment assistance from the county.

The Bruce County Home Repair program was very successful, with 26 home owners receiving an average of $9,000 to repair their home, for new roofs, insulation, accessibility upgrades, plumbing and electrical upgrades, new wells and other structural and safety measures.

In the rent-supplement stream, 25 new rent-supplement units were added, but some were cancelled due to attrition.

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