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Research Report:

Under Pressure: Affordable Housing in Rural Ontario

by Amanda Slaunwhite

This paper examines the geographic-specific obstacles that hinder the development of affordable housing in rural communities, such as the emphasis on single-family detached dwellings and home-ownership, and the population decline in some communities that may discourage government investment in affordable housing programs.  The author focuses on the particular challenges faced by youth, single parents, the elderly and low-income families to find affordable housing in rural communities.  Slaunwhite summarizes existing work on rural housing in Canada and then examines the provision of affordable housing in two specific townships: North Grenville and Rideau Lakes in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville in south eastern Ontario.  The report concludes with recommendations for all levels of government to encourage the development of affordable housing in rural areas that address the place-specific challenges faced by communities that are sparsely populated.

Release Date: 22 Dec 2009
Number of pages: 75
Document number: 51972

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