Lack of housing, high rentals pushing emergency shelter cost up

By Victoria Gray Writer A lack of housing stock and soaring rental prices on the territory and in surrounding areas is putting a strain on the community and band departments. Providing vulnerable community members and families with rent supports, emergency shelter and transitional supports has cost Six Nations Elected Council (SNEC) more than $150,000 in the last year. “Our wrap around services need to be tighter with all services connected to each other, what can we do with the crisis on housing for our people?” Councillor Melba Thomas asked. Six Nations Elected councilors questioned if the housing support cost to both Social Services and Ontario Works has increased substantially as the pandemic wears on at Human Services Committee meeting on February 2. Sandy Porter director of Six Nations Ontario Works…

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