NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says weekend news stories emphasize the urgent need for a division of government dedicated to the problems people everywhere in Newfoundland and Labrador are having finding places to live.
“We are clearly in the middle of a housing crisis,” Rogers said today. “This is particularly true for seniors and for people with complex needs, but it is an inescapable fact that all around this province, more and more people are unable to find shelter that is both affordable and appropriate to their needs. More and more people are becoming vulnerable to the housing market.”
Rogers says her office receives calls on a daily basis from all kinds of people – seniors, families, young people – at every income level. Housing issues include rental availability, accessibility, the cost of both renting and buying, supportive housing for seniors and people with complex needs and the condition of rental units.
With that in mind, she will be visiting several communities in the province to hear first-hand from people the challenges they are facing. Rogers and NDP MHA Christopher Mitchelmore (The Straits-White Bay North) will hold a series of open meetings beginning this Saturday in St. Anthony, and travelling in the following days to Norris Point, Stephenville, Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor (TBA), and Clarenville (TBA).
- St. Anthony – Saturday, February 4, 2012 2-4 PM St. Anthony Lions Club
- Norris Point – Sunday, February 5, 2012 2-4 PM Town Hall
- Corner Brook – Monday, February 6. 2012 7-8:30 LC301 Grenfell Campus
“The provincial government must take action and bring together all levels of government, plus non-profits and business, to solve this problem,” Rogers said. “We are a province of 500,000 people. We can get this right. We can come up with innovative and creative solutions that work for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.”