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What is Affordable Housing?

Affordable housing comes in many shapes and sizes and can be defined many ways. At Grey County, we use the 30 percent definition. If housing costs less than 30% of a household’s pre-tax income, it is affordable. This applies to both private home ownership and rental housing in all income brackets.

 

 

 

Why is it important?

As Grey County continues to grow, it’s important to have a diverse mix of housing options for individuals and families. A lack of affordable housing limits both population and economic growth.

 

Our affordable housing shortage and what we can do about it

Right now, more than 3,300 Grey County households are living in homes they can’t afford. Fortunately, there are things we can all do to create and advocate for more affordable housing.

 

Progress on affordable housing

Increasing access to affordable housing is no simple task, but we’re working with local municipalities to address our needs.

 

 

Resources

Grey County Community Improvement Plan Program  Staff Report Understanding Affordable Housing Needs in Grey County Grey County Affordable Housing Strategy

Ontario Guide to Secondary Units

Municipal Tools for Affordable Housing

Canadian Municipal Housing Corporation Resources

A Place to Call Home - National Housing Strategy

The Missing Middle - Affordable and Attainable Housing and Grey County 

Grey County 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan: Five Year Update 

Grey County Housing Assistance

Newcomer Attraction and Retention

Build or Buy a Tiny Home

 

 

Other Programs & Initiatives

Grey County Cycling and Trails Master Plan

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Grey County is developing a long-term, comprehensive Cycling and Trails Master Plan to guide future planning and decision-making to enhance cycling and trail opportunities within the County and its local municipalities.

New to Grey

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Newcomers are an important part of our communities in Grey County. Coming from outside of the country or from other areas of Canada, newcomers bring culture, skills and knowledge to our communities and workplaces.

2018 Municipal Election

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The 2018 Municipal Election and School Board election is Monday, October 22. For information about your local election, please visit your local municipality’s website.

Community Paramedicine

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Community Paramedicine is a newer form of healthcare that shifts paramedic into a proactive role.

Recreational Trails Master Plan

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Grey County has completed the Recreational Trails Master Plan. This Plan is to help the County manage our forests and trails and plan for the future.

Connected County

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Explore this page to learn more what makes an intelligent community.  Read about key projects happening throughout our region and stay up to date on the latest news.

Alpha Street Revitalization

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The Alpha Street housing community in Owen Sound is one of Grey County’s largest affordable housing properties. Originally built in the 1969, the homes were showing their age. 

Coordinated Rural Transportation

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Pilot Closed

The rural transportation pilot project ended in December 2018, but we are continuing to explore more opporunities for rural transportation in Grey County. More information will be shared as it becomes available. 

Age-Friendly Communities Study

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We want Grey County to be inclusive and welcoming to people of all ages and abilities. We recently partnered with students from the University of Guelph to look at policies that better support youth and older adults.