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Donation launches Wellington Affordable Housing Network

Citizens are mobilizing to form a ‘Wellington Affordable Housing Network’.

Meeting organizer Barry Davidson addressess citizens interested in affordable housing options in Wellington last week.

“There is no housing for sale in Wellington at a price that is within the means of young people starting out, families with a modest income, or older people who want to downsize and stay in Wellington,” said Barry Davidson, who hosted a community meeting in Wellington last week.

“First, they would give a “leg up” to young people wanting home ownership. Secondly, there are singles or families of all ages who need to rent but there are no year-around properties available. Thirdly, there are seasonal Wellington workers who now have to commute from Belleville and area, or employers who cannot hire, because there is no accommodation available for additional staff.”

David said those who want to join the network invest capital that will provide a modest 4 per cent financial return and plentiful “social equity”.

“You will help to build our community; don’t let it develop into a village where only older rich people can live and business struggles to get workers. We want children to grow up and live and work in the County. We want retirees to live comfortably. We want businesses to be able to attract new workers to expand their operations and add to the County’s economy.”

Donations to the Wellington Affordable Housing Fund will be used to finance affordable houses that come on the market in Wellington, and build new housing on the “old arena” lands on Niles Street if the County makes it available, and on 80 Maple Street (between Legion Manor and the Millennium Trail), including renovation of the “toilet factory”. Applications will also be made to provincial and federal funding sources to leverage this community initiative.

“Michael Hymus is leading the way to establish this fund by committing $500,000 and making his land at 80 Maple Street available for building,” said Davidson. “The United Church of Canada will be a partner and Habitat for Humanity has been looking for a Wellington location for years.”

Donations are to be held in trust in a Scotiabank account, by Philip Bender of Mayeski Mathers lawyers, audited by Sandy Murray of Welch accountants and administered by an elected group from the donors.

Davidson said the challenge is to provide the resources to the network as soon as possible to provide the site services to start the first building and provide a home for the first family.

“This will lead to the next building and the next, as a planned community unfolds.”

For more details, contact:
Anthony Lemke 514-991-0512
Barry Davidson 613-403-0104

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