Housing report highlights challenges in Grey Bruce

Community Foundation Grey Bruce logo (Blackburn News file photo)

Community Foundation Grey Bruce has released its Vital Focus on Housing Report.

The report includes findings related to housing in Grey and Bruce Counties that address affordability and accessibility, equity, living standards, and wellbeing.

The report said both Grey County and Bruce County are desired locations for migrants from the GTA. Housing prices are climbing higher and higher.

And it found the housing crisis is not just a problem for the economically challenged.

Working people who traditionally could be thought of as “middle-class” are experiencing lack of housing options

Meantime, supports for the homeless or the housing-challenged are inadequate, and not everyone has equal access to affordable housing.

The Foundation hopes the report will prompt conversation, and lead to partnerships between Governments, developers, social services, and charities to resolve the issue.

A media release said the report integrates local data from various sources and translates it into a readable and accessible format that tells the story about how Grey and Bruce Counties are  measuring up.

Stuart Reid, Executive Director of the Foundation said: “This report is landing at a time when housing is top-of-mind for so many people facing challenges in our community. We hope that the data and human perspectives shared in this Vital Focus prompt conversations across the region.”

The release said Vital Signs® uses local knowledge to measure our community wellbeing and supports actions towards improving the quality of life for all. Vital Signs® is Canada’s most extensive community-driven data program, spearheaded by Community Foundations of Canada and led by community foundations across the country and around the world.

Created in 1994, Community Foundation Grey Bruce has a mandate to enhance community vitality by fostering open discussion about local need, sharing knowledge, and growing endowments to provide strategic granting and support to a wide range of non-profit organizations.

The report is online at www.communityfoundationgreybruce.com