The District of Sooke was listed among the 30 recipients of a provincial grant for developing housing needs reports to plan for long-term housing needs and support strong local economies. Sooke will receive $20,000 to go toward the study.
On September 17, 2018, Sooke Council voted to allocate $10,000 for a Housing Needs Assessment from the Housing Reserve Fund. That number jumped to $35,000 in November after further research showed that costs for a thorough Housing Needs Assessment would cost significantly more.
As subscribers to SPN news may have already read in their SPN exclusive newsletter, on May 27, 2019, Council approved the appointment of Urbanics Consultants Ltd., at a cost of $42,900, and directed staff to apply for the funding (announced today), which was for a maximum of $20,000.
The housing-needs assessment report will assess key housing needs, including the need for affordable housing, rental housing and homes for seniors, people with special needs, families and people at risk of homelessness. It will also help inform decisions to develop workforce housing to help employers retain employees and support local economic growth.
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- Funds approved $35,000 for a Sooke Housing Needs Assessment – November 2018
- Care to share your thoughts on housing in Sooke? There’s a survey calling your name! – August 2019 (Survey open until the end of August 2019)