Chatham-Kent is in a housing crisis and it is not only affecting households with the deepest economic needs. Low to middle-income earners are also facing more and more barriers in their search for suitable housing. From December 2018 to September 2022, the resale price of homes in Chatham-Kent increased by 123%. This sharp increase has made homeownership unfeasible for many residents. In turn, access to market rental units became competitive, reducing vacancy rates to the lowest levels seen in Chatham-Kent.
Amber Pinsonneault, President of the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors stated “Chatham-Kent Realtors are strong advocates for home ownership. Not only is it the dream of most Canadians; but it is also the bedrock upon which our communities are built. For some families, however, the dream of home ownership remains elusive. For this reason, we must commit ourselves to provide housing options and home ownership. This is why the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors is happy to partner with the Municipality of CK, in this initiative.”
The Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent will host an “Attainable Market Housing Summit” that intends to assist area stakeholders in exploring novel solutions to address the lack of attainable housing in rural communities.
This one-day summit will bring together sector advocates, builders, planners and financial experts engaged in the innovative provision of attainable housing solutions for low to middle-income households. Through panel interviews and facilitated discussions, participants will address systemic and practical issues in housing delivery, and consider solutions that may assist organizations in developing attainable housing solutions in Chatham-Kent.
You can help ensure the summit addresses market housing concerns that are top of mind for residents by completing the Attainable Market Housing Survey at Let's Talk Chatham-Kent.
The Attainable Market Housing Summit will be held from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm, on Tuesday, November 29 at Chatham’s Capitol Theatre. Those interested in attending will be able to reserve tickets in early November at www.letstalkchatham-kent.ca/attainable-market-housing-summit-update.
Attainable Market Housing Summit
Date: November 29, 2022
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre 238 King St W, Chatham, Ontario
Tickets: Available in early November on Chatham-Kent’s website
For more information contact:
Program Manager, Housing Services
519-351-1228 x 2150