Places for People finds first property in Highlands East
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | September 7, 2017
It’s taken about three years for Places for People to find a suitable property in Highlands East for its next affordable housing project.
“We’ve been looking for a long time,” said board member Fay Martin in an interview.
About a year ago, the non-profit organization looked at building a new house in Wilberforce. They put it out to tender and received three bids from local companies. Unfortunately, they were too expensive, said Martin.
They let go of the property and began searching again. Just recently, they announced they are buying a property on Monck Road in Cardiff. It features a three-bedroom bungalow that’s within walking distance of town. The deal closes Oct. 13.
“We’re excited,” she said. “We feel really good we have a property in each of the four townships.”
Places for People “creates secure affordable rental housing in Haliburton County for those at risk of homelessness,” according to its website. They currently have families living in Haliburton, Carnarvon and Minden.
Through fundraising, the organization has more than $100,000 in the bank for its latest project.
“We’re in the best position we’ve ever been financially to buy a new property,” said Martin.
A few minor renovations will be needed before a family moves into the home in November. This includes replacing carpeting and painting, said Martin.
The rent is geared toward income. Tenants will be selected from a central wait-list. For information about the list, call Emily Demoe at 705-457-4571 or go to the Housing Help Centre at 49 Maple Ave. in Haliburton.
Although not much help will be needed to get it ready, the organization is looking to connect with Highlands East residents who can help manage the property and fundraise for future development. To inquire, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.