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Home truths, Part 3: Is it too late to solve Kenora’s housing crisis? – TVO

by ahnationtalk on August 7, 201932 Views

The city has a housing shortfall of about 600 units, but new housing isn’t being built. Council is trying to encourage affordable development — but critics say it’s not enough

Nan Normand, a community legal worker supporting low-income residents, knows one thing for certain: Kenora has a housing problem. She sees it every day at work, where low-income residents are often one rent cheque or heating bill away from homelessness.

“We don’t have a lot of apartments and low-cost housing in the area,” says Normand, who notes that the existing housing stock is in poor repair. Electricity prices can be a problem, too, she says: “Part of being in the north is that energy costs are incredibly high. I’ve also seen evictions based on not paying utility bills.”

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