December 29, 2018
A Sarnia housing crisis that’s been brewing for months is the result of a ‘perfect storm’ of factors, says Inn of the Good Shepherd director Myles Vanni.
“A few things are happening, and some of them are really good success stories. But the negative, unintended consequence is that it’s taking housing away,” said Vanni, who brought his concerns to the Community Homelessness Initiatives Network (CHIN), a network of agencies that works on housing challenges and solutions.
One success story limited housing units is higher enrolment at Lambton College, especially among international students.
“They’ve done a tremendous job bringing in students from across the country, and around the world, and they all need housing, so that’s drawn a lot of the availability away,” said Vanni, noting a spike in rent prices.