On Friday, residents had a casual meeting in the Castlegreen community centre to ask questions and hear about the National Housing Strategy that was announced by the federal government on Wednesday.

Patty Hajdu, MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North and minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, was on hand to talk about the 10-year, $40-billion strategy that promises to reduce homelessness and improve the availability and quality of housing to Canadians in need.

“For the members of our co-op I think the big announcement is security and protection,” said Sharon Carolan-McKinnon, general manager of Castlegreen. “The security of subsidies for our vulnerable low- to middle-income families, also the excitement of potential more housing stock for affordable housing. It’s super exciting.”

The strategy, which includes plans to create 100,000 new housing units across the country, repair 300,000 existing units, and pledges to reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent, is a way the federal government is acknowledging that housing is a human right, explained Hajdu.