“We are not kicking anyone to the curb:” Tenants want to stay in west harbour social housing

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By Matthew Van Dongen

Most residents living in west harbour social housing eyed for sale to developers want to stay in the neighbourhood, a new survey shows.

The city’s cash-strapped social housing agency has studied for years whether to sell or redevelop its Jamesville townhouses and a harbour hi-rise to raise cash for new builds.

But CityHousing Hamilton has also stopped filling some vacant units at those properties — particularly at the MacNab Street apartment that is two-thirds empty — despite a social housing wait list of 5,600 individuals or families in the city.

A survey of remaining residents suggests a majority want to stay in the area — and return to the redeveloped properties, if possible.

The agency will do its best to keep residents in neighbourhoods they call home, vowed councillors on the agency board.

“We are not kicking anyone to the curb,” said local Coun. Jason Farr, who added he’s encouraged to see widespread desire to remain in the west harbour.

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Article and image source: The Hamilton Spectator

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