Since our AGM is coming up on April 4th, we’d like to take a moment to talk about exactly what we’ve been doing this past year, and where we envision going in 2018.
Our immediate goal has been to create a multi-residential housing development on the Village land behind the public works yard, sometimes referred to as “Lovers”. The Village has agreed to grant a 99-year lease to KHS for this parcel of land. We are in the preliminary stages of planning for this housing development. So far, our vision includes a combination of single and family apartments which share some community-building spaces such as a courtyard, common lounge, garden, and a commercial kitchen area. These apartments would be dedicated rental units, available at reasonable market rates and affordable for average individuals and families in Kaslo. We chose this project because the need for stable rental housing is severe and worsening. Our proposed building project would significantly increase the number of available, secure, rental units. We believe the addition of these units would alleviate housing pressure and safeguard the vitality of our community. The results of our application for funding this project will be presented at the AGM on April 4th.
It is important to mention that rental housing addresses only one part of the housing crisis. We are also investigating ways to facilitate home ownership for residents. In the long-term, we envision another project which will allow residents who have reliable income, but who may not qualify for a standard mortgage, to enter the housing market through a shared-equity ownership model.
As many of you already know, we recently secured funding for a local Housing Coordinator position. This position is the first of its kind in the area. We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who applied for this posting. This process was new to our board, and we were lucky to have a broad range of skills and experience to choose from. We reviewed all the applications very carefully, and conducted interviews with several candidates. You can expect to meet your new Housing Coordinator at our upcoming AGM.
We are excited that 2018 will see us advancing toward our goals, and we hope you will be a part of our journey.
See you at the AGM, Kaslo Housing Society
P.S. We will be looking for volunteers to help with our fundraising activities this year, so stay tuned!