Okay, here is a plan. There are several almost built/finished new condo projects here in Nanaimo. Very few of these small 500-800sq ft homes have sold. The government could purchase some of these and make them available to low/no income persons whom are presently residentially challenged. This would have several benefits.
Firstly, we could move some of our most vulnerable people off the street and into safe housing.
Secondly, it would free up the developers money to be used in creating more housing. Deals could be made so that these next new housing units, could consist of mixed income households. No enclave of the rich and conversely, no ghettos of the poor. Balance.
Thirdly, the spin-offs to our local economy would ensure the building suppliers and the plumbing suppliers and the food stores and the…etc., maintain a income in these troubled times. Moreover, we could insist the next new projects are built with local materials and local talent, thus further “spreading the wealth” in our communities.
Finally, all the talk by Governments with regards to infusion of monies for infrastructure sounds good, but do we really need more roads and more petroleum based services, car dealerships, gas stations, etc? Why not use this opportunity to really go green.
FIRE IT UP!