Lethbridge housing needs assessment, spring 2007

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Belanger, Yale D.
Petryshyn, Suzanne V. M.
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City of Lethbridge
With municipal population numbers rising, our knowledge and understanding of the existing and anticipated immigration trends of immigration, maintenance of birth and fertility rates and increasing university and college enrolment, it is clear that increased pressure on an already taxed housing for rental and ownership structure will result. Pressure will also come to bear on the social service sector in Lethbridge as increasingly the municipality is forced to deal with like issues. Those who participated in this study indicated that they want to and will work toward improving local community dynamics. Adopting a proactive approach will generate pride and goodwill in their neighbourhoods. The goal: to compliment and enhance community morale. Community based projects that demonstrate the concepts of affordable, available, attainable and accessible housing, embedded within an integrated approach within neighbourhoods offers community members, government officials, and politicians an opportunity to address the rising housing crisis in Lethbridge. Planning is required to improve the existing housing situation. This requires a strong financial foundation, and policy makers need to remain cognizant that city tax dollars will be required to deal with this and related issues. In this study, as many respondents indicated, they see the municipal government adopting a leadership role to assist in improving tenuous housing conditions. The City of Lethbridge must develop municipal policies to ensure the well-being of not only low-income wage-earners but all municipal residents.
[74] p. (in various pagings) : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Housing -- Alberta -- Lethbridge , Housing policy -- Alberta -- Lethbridge