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Clarity sought about 'bridge funding' request

The regional district board has asked for clarity from the Comox Valley Housing Task Force before considering a 'bridge funding' request of $15,000.

The money would be used to ensure progress of initiatives concerning homelessness and housing, and help the organization transition to the next governance entity.

The group has hosted an event dubbed Building Housing Solutions Together and an affordable housing forum.

The task force recommends establishing a regional service to collect funds. Within the service, it hopes a local government non-profit corporation can be established to fulfill the mandate. The idea is to have one voice to resolve a homelessness/affordable housing crisis in the Valley.

At the last CVRD board meeting, chair Edwin Grieve commended the idea as a "ray of hope against the burnout of volunteers," whom he notes are the experts on the subject.

"We're very blessed in this Valley to have so many quality volunteers," he said.

Staff needs defined parameters from the task force by mid-April to prepare a report that could lead to a November referendum.

The task force has until April 15 to "provide clear and specific parameters to define the purpose, participants, cost allocation and maximum requisition required," CAO Debra Oakman states in a report to the board.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

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