Demand remains high for affordable housing

Demand for low income housing in Sylvan Lake remains high, according to board members of Sylvan Community Housing Society.

Demand for low income housing in Sylvan Lake remains high, according to board members of Sylvan Community Housing Society.

Members discussed the area’s need for more affordable living spaces during the society’s annual general meeting Mar. 19.

All 11 of the society’s units are currently rented, and that there is demand for more, President Frank Peck stated in his report.

Since the society was formed six years ago, its units have been vacant for no longer than a month at a time.

About 20 applicants are currently on a waiting list.

Plans are in place for the society to build another 24 housing units at a cost of $3.8 million — two-thirds of which it hopes will be covered by provincial government funding.

The purpose of the society is to offer a “hand up, not a handout” to those in need, said Peck, adding that the society aims to help people “get established, get on their feet and move on.”

The society’s current inventory includes five three-bedroom units, five two-bedroom units, and one one-bedroom unit.

The society meets at Sylvan Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church on the second Tuesday of every second month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are open to the public.