Kenora MP Bob Nault was the special guest at the housing conference in Sioux Lookout yesterday.
"It's find to make announcements that sound grandiose, but thenyou have to find local solutions so they can come to the local area, and I think we're getting there," he said.
Both the federal and provincial government have been talking about adding housing. In Sioux Lookout, the mayor says there are roughly 13 homes available for 170 job postings.
"It was a great opportunity to hear from the people themselves and the experts, who are trying to find a solution," Nault added.
Municipal staff estimate, with recent economic developments in the area, the Sioux Lookout area will see roughly 7,000 additional workers needing housing.
Earlier this year, the federal government announced a 10-year, $40 billion housing strategy. This was followed by an agreement with the province to maintain 131,000 new social housing units.
In the spring, the services board said they had plans to establish 150 supportive housing units in the district this year, with 60 to 80 of those housing units being brand new builds. However, staff at the district services board noted that for every family they place in a home, there are between 20 to 27 families added to the housing waiting list.
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