Affordable housing is one of the biggest social and economic issues that Canadians are facing today. The housing crisis has turned into an epidemic of unaffordability: too few homes are available where they’re needed, and those that are available for sale or for rent, are increasingly out of reach for people whose incomes have effectively stagnated. This problem needs to be tackled, especially in Kingston which has a 0.6 vacancy rate. Prices are outrageously high and no one is giving a clear path on how they’re going to tackle this issue. That’s why I have come up with a plan to help make housing a bit more affordable.

We need to invest in tiny homes. I’m not saying this is the only thing that needs to be done to address the affordable housing epidemic but its a start. Its time for Canada to move forward and tackle this problem head-on. So let’s dive into my plan.

First, why do I think tiny homes are a good place to start? Homeless is increasing in Canada! With Premiere Doug Ford making cuts to mental health funding, it is only going to make that number grow.

The problem is that our government has failed to understand is how we help mental illness and homelessness. Currently, we try to get them help, then we get them a place to live and then a job. That doesn’t give them sustainability. We need to give them a place to live and then a job while working on their mental illness. The first people that would get access to tiny homes would be veterans who are homeless. Anyone who served this country shouldn’t be on the street.

How much will rent cost? It will be based on the tenant’s income. For instance, a minimum wage pays formula for a 40 hour work week.

So let’s break this down:

Per week pay: $560
Per month: $2, 427
Annual pay: $ 29, 120

So rent per month which would be all inclusive would be $ 728.1. That would leave $1,699 to spend on food, clothes, etc.

Now that an example of a minimum wage but if you were on CPP or OAP the rent would cost less. It’s 30% of the tenets income so it may be more or less than the example I used above.

Ya okay, that sounds good but we don’t have the money to spend on this is arguments you may here. So what is the cost, we can’t just jump into this plan without knowing the cost for the government to build tiny homes.

The average cost of tiny homes is $30,000 to $40,000. They are affordable to make and they can be built to match anyone’s lifestyle and budget. So now we out of $30,000-$40,000 out if the money that we have to come up with. We have to spend that money but we will be making that back! How. Well, all funds that come from it will go back to the federal government until the amount if the money spent in the tiny homes had been paid back then the funds will go back to municipal government. This will al happened under a contract the bind the government Federal and municipal to ensure that the homes are kept in good shape and that the rent or the all-inclusive can be undone at any time.

Now we know how much it’s going to cost us and how we will make the money back. So where are we going to build them? So I think Kingston is the best place to be the first to try this because we have Ontario lowest vacancy rates. Kingston needs action to be taken on affordable housing.

This will cost us money but we will make it back in a few years while eliminating homelessness and helping our homeless veterans. It’s time for Canada to deal with affordable housing and I have a plan on just how to push us in the right direction. Its time for a leader to step up and represent all Canadians.

On May 30 nominate me to be your 2019 Green candidate so I can bring my affordable housing plan on the election trial all the way to parliament hill. Its time to lead the charge on affordable housing.

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