New age of social housing; parking needed

In this Aug. 26, 2015, file photo, Eric Duncan, county rep for Cornwall and Area Housing Corporation, talks with South Glengarry Mayor Ian McLeod during an event in Lancaster, Ont. Duncan says the county and townships in SD&G will have to take a look at securing land in the future to make space for parking next to social housing units. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

SD&G – The county’s social housing representative says the county and townships may need to look at buying land around social housing units in the future – for parking.

Eric Duncan, the United Counties rep on the Cornwall and Area Housing Board, told council Monday some people are turning down social housing spots because parking is not available.

People are living longer and, by extension, are also driving when they’re older and may find themselves in geared-to-income housing, Duncan explained.

He said the CAHC will have to come up with a multi-year plan to deal with the parking shortage.

The Cornwall and Area Housing Corporation has 904 family units and 623 senior units, according to the city’s municipal data book.

Problem solved for big Alexandria social housing unit

The Cornwall and Area Housing Corporation has also been able to find a solution to the trouble with renting a four-bedroom unit in Alexandria.

Duncan said the social housing arm has split up the unit into smaller units.

The City of Cornwall runs social housing for the United Counties of SD&G and is paid through an annual transfer payment from the county.

In 2017, the city is counting on nearly $1.7 million from the county or about 23 per cent of the municipally funded portion for social housing (the city will spend $5.7 million or 77 per cent).