Next stage for County Housing Corporation comes into focus

Councillors hear about a new concept for affordable housing creation earlier this year. (Chad Ibbotson/Gazette file photo)

The Prince Edward County Housing Corporation is looking for a few good people.

Experienced and dedicated community members can now apply to serve on the board of directors for the Prince Edward County Housing Corporation, a newly created mechanism that seeks to foster the creation of affordable and attainable housing solutions locally.

“We know many people in our community are passionate about the issue of affordable housing, and they have the talent and skills to make a difference,” said Prince Edward County mayor Robert Quaiff. “We encourage these people put their name forward to serve on the board of the Prince Edward County Housing Corporation.”

In early September, council moved to create a not-for-profit, attainable housing corporation operating at arm’s length from the municipality.

The objectives of this non-share Capital Corporation will be multi-fold and includes: Increasing the amount of funding available locally for affordable housing development; providing a vehicle for the transfer of municipal assets, physical or financial, for affordable housing development; Initiating and/or and supporting new affordable housing projects in cooperation with community stakeholders, developers; Ensuring high operational standards and protection of affordable housing assets, up to and including owning and/or operating such assets; creating of economies of scale for management, construction and operations of housing assets; Providing effective and transparent governance of affordable housing investments; Developing knowledge/expertise in funding, design and operation of affordable housing and advocating for and educating the community about affordable housing.

In essence, a County-initiated independent body with the mandate of supporting, sourcing and securing attainable housing in Prince Edward County.

The group would be governed by a nine-person board of directors (the compliment will include two councillors) that will be gauged through a core competencies and skills matrix and eventually appointed by the incoming council prior to Jan. 31, 2019.

County council will consider qualified individuals who have the necessary skills and expertise to advance the mandate of the corporation. Applicants must clearly articulate how their qualifications align with the core competencies the board must have in order to perform its fiduciary duties. The competencies are grouped into three categories: professional experience,   environmental or contextual knowledge and  personal attributes and skills

Anyone interested in applying to serve as a volunteer director on the board is encouraged to drop off a cover letter and resume before 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 to Kim White, County clerk, at Shire Hall, 332 Main Street, Picton.

Those with questions regarding the Prince Edward County Housing Corporation should contact director of community development and strategic initiatives Neil Carbone at 613.476.2148 ext. 2501 or email ncarbone@pecounty.on.ca.

For more information on the Prince Edward County Housing Corporation please visit www.thecounty.ca/county-government/municipal-projects/pec-housing-corporation/ .

-Jason Parks, Staff