Monday, November 21, 2011

Fifth Annual City of Fredericton Affordable Housing Day

Yvon Thibodeau, a highly regarded affordable housing developer, will be the keynote speaker during the fifth annual City of Fredericton Affordable Housing Day on Tuesday November 22 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Thibodeau is known for his innovative and practical approaches to development throughout Atlantic Canada.

The theme of this year’s event is solutions beyond subsidies. It will include Thibodeau’s presentation on affordable housing development strategies which do not rely solely on federal and provincial subsidies. In addition, there will be an update on the NB Housing Strategy and a Fredericton Housing Market Snapshot by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

“Through our partnerships with the Province, CMHC, the Community Action Group on Homelessness, and the New Brunswick Non-profit Housing Association we have reached the five year milestone for Affordable Housing Day,” said Councillor Mike O’Brien, Chair of the City’s Committee on Affordable Housing. “We need to continue to work together to educate the public, increase awareness and solve the financial challenges related to providing a good supply of affordable housing for our communities.”

The Affordable Housing Day initiative began in 2007 to raise awareness of the important role affordable housing plays in making Fredericton a strong and viable community. It continues to do so by inviting speakers, stakeholders and the public to discuss the subject and consider best practice approaches to creating affordable housing.

“The public is welcome to join us on Affordable Housing Day because increasing public interest and education is central to the purpose of this event” said Councillor O’Brien. “To take part we ask participants to RSVP.”

To RSVP, please contact Joanne Thomson at 506-460-2188 or joanne.thomson@fredericton.ca.

Affordable Housing Day begins with registration at 11:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza. A complimentary lunch will be available before the opening remarks scheduled for noon. The day’s activities will end by 1:30 pm.

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