Housing is a basic need and a human right. Prioritizing safe and affordable housing creates safe and healthy neighbourhoods. Rental vacancies are low in Bruce County (1.4%) and Grey County (1.7%). A healthy vacancy rate for any community is 3%. The percentage of renters in core housing need is high in Bruce County (29%) and Grey County (30.5%).
Understanding the realities of creating safe and affordable housing in Grey Bruce draws upon the invaluable expertise of our Community Voices. Their first-hand knowledge of systemic barriers is contributing to co-creating innovative solutions with members of our Housing Action Group. Multi-sectoral collaboration between social service agencies, governments, businesses and people with lived/living experience of poverty has been recognized as a core principle of effective poverty-reduction work. The recognition of people with lived/living experience or “grounded expertise” as context experts alongside government, business, and non-profit counterparts challenges power imbalances.