Affordable housing crisis

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I think housing must become our top priority in this area.In Carl Hager’s article dated April 19 on Health Care in the Pontiac, he mentions 3 nurses being offered jobs at the Shawville Hospital; however, due to lack of housing, they had to refuse these positions. If there is no place to live, it doesn’t matter how many jobs are available.

I can attest to this being in a precarious situation looking for affordable housing in this area. I’ve been told to fill out applications in Aylmer, Hull, Gatineau, and Buckingham. When I questioned social workers about this, I was told to move because of lack of housing in this area. Then it was suggested I look in Shawville. However, if 3 nurses can’t find housing on their pay, how is a senior citizen going to find an affordable apartment?

When they were filling out forms for me, it was suggested I say I’ve got a house, but I don’t due to a fire, thus my reason for seeking an apartment. If I said yes, then I definitely would not be considered.

It seems that nowadays, people get out of school, get a job, and never do anything except shuffle paper. After a month and a half of social workers telling me they are helping me, they’re there for me, I found out nothing has been done. A legal aid lawyer gave me more information. So if we want things to change, we have to do something. All I can do is write this letter. Maybe some of you can do more. I hope so, for our area, our province and our country.

Sharon Gribbons
Allumette Island