Letter: Coquitlam should make land available for affordable housing

The Editor, Re. “40 to 50 homes to be built for low-income earners in Coquitlam” (The Tri-City News, June 28).

The Editor,

Re. “40 to 50 homes to be built for low-income earners in Coquitlam” (The Tri-City News, June 28).

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I give an enthusiastic YES to The Tri-City News’ online poll question about the city of Coquitlam supporting Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing project.

But the question stems from an incorrect premise. “Do you agree with the city putting aside land for the Habitat for Humanity housing project?”

The land now made available to that project was designated for affordable housing use years ago. It isn’t “put aside” by council’s action and Habitat’s proposal, it’s “put to use.”

As well as applause for this step, council must be encouraged to bring more such projects forward, maximizing and accelerating the use of its Affordable Housing Reserve Fund. Funds set aside for a purpose accomplish nothing sitting idle.

Neal Nicholson, Coquitlam

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