The City of Charlottetown’s Youth Retention Advisory Board – Charlottetown Youth Matters – has launched a survey to collect data on housing for people between the ages of 16 and 35. The Board’s goal is to collect meaningful data from the city’s youth to help shape policy and direction as the City of Charlottetown works with its partners and other levels of government on housing concerns.
"What is to be considered affordable housing when it comes to the youth in Charlottetown has been a hot topic over the past year," said Alex Youland, a member of Charlottetown Youth Matters. "Our hope is that this survey gives the city’s young people a chance to be a part of that conversation, to allow them to help guide the direction of housing in Charlottetown."
The survey is available on the Charlottetown – Youth Matters Facebook page, the City’s social media platforms, as well as www.charlottetown.ca (direct link: https://goo.gl/forms/XBCZyQyNxaAgK4bi2)
The survey is intended for youth currently living in the City of Charlottetown, and those outside of the city or province who moved away, want to move back or who have general concerns about housing for youth in Charlottetown. The board hopes the results of the survey will provide a better understanding of what impact living costs and availability have on youth who live, or are wanting to live, in Charlottetown. The survey also gives youth a chance to define what "affordable housing" means to them.
"This is yet another example of the great work being done by the youth in our city," said Councillor Kevin Ramsay, Chair of the advisory board. "From the moment this group was formed, the members have been dedicated to serving the youth of this city, listening to them and striving to make things better. From the Safe Exchange Zone to Youth Wellness Week, the taxi bylaw review, and now, this initiative, we appreciate what they’ve taken on. I’m encouraging everyone who is between the ages of 16 and 35 to take a few minutes to fill out the survey."
The housing for youth survey closes on Friday, February 16.
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