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Kingston Frontenac Housing Corp. blames banking snafu for early withdrawal of tenants’ rent

Some residents of the City-owned Kingston Frontenac Housing Corporation (KFHC) awoke on Monday to find the housing corporation had withdrawn their rent fees over a week earlier than expected, resulting in insufficient fund charges, and the inability to purchase necessities or pay other bills. This was the situation on Monday,

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Advocates: Tiny homes could help Kingston alleviate homelessness

As the City of Kingston’s Planning Services Staff discuss potential amendments to the City’s Official Plan with respect to tiny houses, local advocates are pointing to the concept as a means to alleviate homelessness. In a report to the City Planning Committee Wednesday, Jun. 23, 2021, City of Kingston Planning

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Kingston Youth Services Hub aiming to solve youth homelessness

Last year, City Council approved Princess Street United Church’s conversion into a new youth centre, Kingston Youth Services Hub, to cater to the needs of at-risk homeless youth in the community.  The leading organization for the project, Home Base Housing (HBH), responsible for planning and managing the youth hub, is

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Letter: Homes for Heroes – Learning more about Kingston’s first tiny homes project

Editorial note: The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced the provincial government was providing $200,000 and transferring one acre of land

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Opinion: Encampment protocol or eviction protocol? Kingston must adopt a human rights approach to tent cities

The following is a submitted Op-Ed. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Nearly one year ago, Belle Park became the epicenter of the homelessness crisis in Kingston. With rising COVID-19 case numbers, declines in shelter capacity to accommodate social distancing, and stringent isolation

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Hope for affordable housing project dampened after flood

A flood has dampened hope for a short-term solution to the city’s homelessness problem amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The flood happened earlier this year at the former Fairfield West retirement home at 805 Ridley Drive, which more recently has been a planned affordable housing facility. The site was purchased by

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Opinion: Too Little, Too Late – Reflecting on the City’s commitment to affordable housing on the first anniversary of the Mayor’s Taskforce on Housing Report

The following is a submitted opinion piece. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Today marks one year since the Mayor’s Taskforce on Housing presented their report on Kingston’s decades-long housing crisis to City Council. In their report, A Foundation for the Public Good,the

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‘Unforeseen challenges’ mark the transition to new Integrated Care Hub on Montreal Street

Though the doors are open, work remains to be completed at the City’s new Integrated Care Hub (ICH) at 661 Montreal St. The facility moved from Artillery Park to its new location on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, and several interior and exterior projects are still on the go. According to

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Council votes to move forward with ‘affordable housing’ project

At their meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, Kingston City Council voted unanimously in favour of an affording housing proposal brought forward by City Staff – but not without a good dose of debate beforehand. The proposal asked that Council support the development on the City-owned site at 1316-1318 Princess

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Protest against housing shortage and homelessness held outside City Hall

A demonstration in solidarity with Kingston’s homeless took place outside City Hall Tuesday evening. Starting at 6:30 p.m. The Kingston District Labour Council (KDLC), the Katarokwi (Kingston) Union of Tenants and other concerned citizens said they were protesting the eviction of people living in Belle Park, as well as the

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Councillor Neill won’t run again, calls for greater diversity

City Councillor Jim Neill announced via Twitter and Facebook on Monday, June 15, 2020 that he will not run again in the Williamsville District, hoping to make way for greater diversity on Kingston City Council.  “We need greater gender balance! I’ll support any progressive woman who runs in Williamsville!” his

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City announces start of mixed-income housing project

Earlier this week, the Kingston and Frontenac Housing Corporation (KFHC) quietly made some big moves on a new housing project. According to the City, KFHC broke ground on a new, mixed-income housing project on land previously purchased by the City of Kingston to facilitate the development of affordable housing at

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