Rogers questions government’s commitment to housing
NDP Housing critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) questioned the provincial government on its commitment to affordable housing.
Rogers reminded those on the government benches of a promise in their 2011 election campaign “Blue Book” to help families with relatively low incomes purchase modestly-priced homes.
“I ask the premier,” Rogers said in the House of Assembly today, “When can we expect to see the promised low-income home ownership program in this province?” When a family is able to purchase a home, it helps build wealth and frees up space in the rental market.
Rogers also asked about the federal-provincial Affordable Housing Initiative, which last fall had more proposals to build affordable units than it had money to give out. With no more funding available for at least two years, community representatives are calling for the province to step in and fill the gap left by the initiative.
“Will the premier provide the resources and authorize the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation to move forward with the projects that didn’t get funded?” Rogers asked.