Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Kakes want your thoughts on their 10-year homelessness plan.

In February of 2014, the county and Kawartha Lakes created the 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan with the goal of all residents in both communities having a safe and secure home. As well as giving municipalities a long-term vision for the community, improving access to housing, integrating homelessness services in the community and making recommendations on service delivery to the county and city.

Although the plan is only entering its fifth year, Kawartha Lakes, the Service Manager for the plan, is seeking public feedback on the plan through an online survey. You do not need to be experiencing homelessness to get involved in the survey, but it does ask what are the biggest challenges you’ve experienced in trying to find sustainable housing. As well the survey asks what services you’ve used to help secure housing in the past four years, or what you feel should be the top priorities to improve access to affordable quality housing.

According to research, affordable housing is spending no more than 30 per cent of your gross annual household income to keep a roof over your head. Using the most recent census data, affordable homeownership equals $321,314 or $987 a month on rent.

The survey, that closes in February, can be found by clicking here.