Affordable Housing Initiative Gets Moving

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Written by Scott Gilbert

In the 2003 CSA election, students voted in favour of a referendum question which read “Do you support a refundable semesterly fee of $0.87 per student (indexed to the cost of living) to create student-controlled affordable housing for students with need?”. The question passed with 76 per cent of voting students in favour of having such a fee collected. Since this fee has passed, the CSA has collected student fees to go toward the Affordable Housing Initiative, in hopes of finding a suitable project to put the money towards.

In 2005, the CSA began a partnership with the Guelph Campus Co-op to renovate the residence at 7 College Avenue and make it completely accessible. Since this endeavour began, the CSA has continued to work with the Guelph Campus Co-op and a legally formalized their joint venture. The Affordable Housing Initiative Committee, comprised of representatives from the CSA, Interhall Council and the Centre for Students with Disabilities, decided this past fall, to support the updates at 7 College Avenue in the amount of $125,000 from the Affordable Housing Initiative fund.

Bre Walt, CSA Local Affairs Commissioner, comments on the project saying that “it is very exciting that we have finally been able to put this money to use the way that it was originally intended when students voted on the referendum question”. She further noted that “the updates which will take place at 7 College Avenue will allow for a completely accessible space for students who need it. This is exactly what the money was to be used for”.

According to Walt, the CSA Affordable Housing Initiative Committee created policy some time ago as to how this money should be used. This project meets the fund’s commitment to affordability, proximity to campus, good quality, and housing that operates on a needs-based basis.

The Guelph Campus Co-op is currently undergoing a further feasibility study, and for this the Affordable Housing Initiative Committee has agreed to provide a sum of $15,000 for this study to continue. The expected completion date for this project will be announced shortly.

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  1. Posted by: Tom Guzzo on Jan 26, 2007 @ 12:37pm

    I have a posting with you but would like to make some changes. How do I do that?
    Thanks, Tom.

  2. Posted by: Bre Walt on Jan 27, 2007 @ 11:16am

    You cannot change them yourself, but you can email me, [email protected] and I can help you out

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