It’s hard to make money off the poor, but it’s easy to become house-poor in Winnipeg.
While City Hall talks findings of a consultant report on growth fees in Winnipeg, you may wonder if City Hall should look into finding more affordable housing solutions in our city.
Affordable housing developers aren’t building much affordable housing. That’s not where developers make money.
Canada as a whole has an acute affordable housing crisis. And yes, a lot of fingers point to the federal government as one of the causes behind this, as its funding has decreased over the years. But if we can’t trust our federal government to help with this situation, do you think we need to look to the government we have in our own backyard: City Hall?
So when we look at the thousands of dollars in growth fees that could be imposed for new residential buyers, how will this affect our citizens in need of that new residence? And what about the Winnipeggers who can’t find something affordable with our limited inventory? Should they be forced to buy or rent above their budget, which could ultimately force them onto the streets? Or should they be forced onto the streets or into inadequate housing to begin with?
To that end, do you feel our municipal government should make more efforts to find more affordable housing solutions for our city? Taking your calls and texts after 1pm: 204.780.6868.