The Meeting Place is happy to announce that applications for funding are now open for the Long-term Landlord Housing Initiative.
The Meeting Place is happy to announce we have selected an Advisory Group for the Long-term Landlord Housing Initiative. Tanis Henderson, Mike Brown, Dominik Franken, and Karen Phillips will be joining Noreen Steinacher and project manager Karla Trudgen to plan and execute the initiative. We have moved into the Project Definition and Planning stage and plan to open applications to landlords for funding in August 2022. Please reach out to email@example.com with any inquiries.
In early March The Meeting Place in Tobermory received confirmation from Bruce County that it will receive $110,000.00 in funding for the Long-term Landlord Housing Initiative, a project that emerged out of the Seasonal Workers & Entrepreneurs Spark Ideas (SPARK) working groups that met over the winter of 2019/2020.
A two-phase investigation was conducted in 2021 resulting in two reports which clearly articulated next steps and underpinned the present application to Bruce County. The current funding will take the project into pilot phase. The pilot phase will include the Landlord SPARK Funding Continued from page 1 development of criteria and mechanisms to provide grants for long-term landlord applicants seeing to upgrade or retrofit properties for conversion to the long-term rental market. The pilot will also look at key components of the landlord-tenant relationship and supports that might be developed to foster long-term satisfaction for both parties. A small community advisory group will work with a representative of The Meeting Place Board and a part-time project manager. A further aspect of the new phase of work will be a community information campaign which will begin to roll out within the next month.
Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments, and stay tuned as we roll out this exciting new project.
The Spark Housing Initiative of The Meeting Place Tobermory has undertaken further investigation into the potential for increasing long-term rental housing in the community. This second phase of the housing project explores possible incentives that might motivate landlords to enter the long-term rental market. With a deeper understanding of the positive influence, The Meeting Place hopes to launch a long-term landlord recruitment campaign.
The key points to emerge that could form the basis of a long-term landlord recruitment campaign included the benefits of a stable and growing population to retain and increase services and infrastructure, as well as a healthy social life. It was also agreed that long-term rentals are beneficial for creating a pathway for new community members to transition into long-term community members.
Read the report here:
NP CoWork Returns to The Northern Bruce Peninsula and expands to Tobermory
Northern Peninsula CoWork creates opportunities for working and living well on the Bruce Peninsula. In addition to the Lion’s Head location at the historic town hall, you can now visit NP CoWork here at The Meeting Place in Tobermory.
NPCoWork is offering CoWork space Tuesday through Thursday 10 am – 4 pm on the Northern Bruce Peninsula. Visit the original location Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Lion’s Head’s historic town hall (circa 1870). With a raised stage, a balcony, a bar and our good friends from the Rotary Club, they’ve got a desk for you. The second location is at The Meeting Place in Tobermory on Thursdays. Relax on their comfy couches and chairs, or for more privacy book our private office or board room. At both locations you can grab a tea or a coffee, take a seat, connect to reliable WIFI and work among friends and collaborators.
If you would like to learn more about NP CoWork @ TMP, reach out at 519-596-2313 or email email@example.com.
Bruce County offers a number of housing support programs and services through the Housing Services Division. The Meeting Place is offering application support to make these programs more accessible for those who are struggling with housing security on the Northern Bruce Peninsula. We can provide assistance with the following applications:
The Housing Stability Fund: Provides assistance with rent and utility arrears, first or last month’s rent, and moving expenses.
The Rent Supplement Program: Offers eligible individuals or households a rent supplement or subsidy while they are living in privately owned buildings. The rent supplement or subsidy is paid directly to the landlord. The subsidy is based on the household income and program guidelines which vary by funding streams.
Bruce County Housing Applications: For placement on a waitlist for Bruce County Housing Corporation units, non-profit units, and private rent supplement.
For more information or assistance with applications, reach out to The Meeting Place for an appointment with our Community Coordinator at 519-596-2313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us Tuesday, August 3rd at 7 pm at The Meeting Place for this exciting musical event!
Please bring a chair or blanket, donations to Sarah and The Meeting Place can be made at the event.
The Meeting Place Tobermory has received a donation of an eclectic private collection of art. The pieces vary in both medium and era ensuring there is something for every taste. All proceeds go towards supporting programs and services at The Meeting Place Tobermory. Pieces can be selected virtually or during our in-person art sale at the Tobermory Community Centre on Saturday, June 19th from 12-3 pm (health measures permitting).
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The Meeting Place Tobermory and report author Hazel Smith are pleased to release this new report focusing on long-term rental accommodation in the Northern Bruce. This is an investigative report looking at the many stakeholders in the rental market but most of all the people who need affordable rental housing. The idea of creating more long-term rental accommodation started with the voices of local residents working in the seasonal economy. Ideas percolated over the winter of 2020 from participants in the Spark project. Simply put, could a few of the many STA’s be converted to LTA’s by the owners? The report digs into the issues and identifies the challenges and possible next steps. The report is realistic and thought-provoking and nothing is viewed through rose coloured glasses.
We hope the report provides some small direction and incentive to the important housing agenda emerging in our community. We believe attaining more affordable housing will make the Northern Bruce the best place to live in the County.
The United Way of Bruce Grey and their associated food programs work tirelessly to address the increased need in our community and provide fresh and healthy food to an ever-growing number of people in need. They could see the demand was rising dramatically during the pandemic and wanted to find a way to better understand and illustrate the escalating issue of food insecurity in Bruce Grey. To bring their food bank and meal programs together, and unlock the power of data, the United Way partnered with local start-up company NPX to build the Food Bruce Grey App – a data collection platform that allows food programs to capture and share their data and to show their impact in the community.
The app allows food banks and meal programs to enter data, download reports, and create dashboards that visualize their impact and food insecurity trends in their communities. Members of the public can also view dashboards that illustrate how food banks and meal programs are used and how the needs are growing.
Local food banks, meal programs, and community gardens have already begun entering data into the app. NPX, Bruce Power, and the Community Foundation Grey Bruce provided funding for food scales to enable each program to weigh produce and more accurately capture the amount of food being collected and distributed. The app will capture data on food that is collected and distributed, and also include information on demographics of community members who are using food banks and meal programs, while tracking volunteer efforts in the region.
To read the original article, visit https://unitedwayofbrucegrey.com/the-united-way-of-bruce-grey-launches-the-food-bruce-grey-app-with-support-from-npx-and-bruce-power/