Affordable Housing Initiative Gets Moving
Tuesday, January 23, 20072 Comments
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.