Harrison Hot Springs is currently undergoing a Housing Needs Assessment, to see where the community is lacking and what its specific needs are. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Residents invited to talk housing in Harrison

The community is undergoing a house needs assessment to see where gaps are in the village

Residents in Harrison Hot Springs are invited to share their thoughts on housing in the community in an effort to find where the village’s housing stock is falling behind.

The open house is part of the in-progress Housing Needs Assessment, which is being undertaken by the Whistler Centre for Sustainability.

The $15,000 assessment is being paid for by the UBCM Housing Needs Reports program, and will look at the quality of housing in Harrison, the specific needs of Harrison residents, employer challenges in the community, changes in households and the level of homelessness in the village.

A new part of the Local Government Act has made it so that all municipalities must complete a Housing Needs Assessment every five years.

On Friday, Oct. 18, residents can share their thoughts about the current housing inventory and the future needs of the community. The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Harrison Corner Cafe (310 Hot Springs Rd).

Residents who are unable to attend the open house can also visit the village office to provided anonymous input for the report. A poster will be set up in the village office for more information.

Stakeholders such as local businesses have also been invited to a closed meeting in the afternoon of Oct. 18, to provide their input for the report.

After the Housing Needs Assessment is complete, a report will be presented to council with its findings.

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