For Immediate Release
January 12, 2001
Supervisor, Policy Section
Housing and Property
Region of Peel
905-453-1300, Ext. 2670
REGION SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR OLDER ADULT HOUSING COMMITTEE
(Brampton)-The Region of Peel is looking for members to join the new Advisory Working Group on Older Adults' Housing in Peel to assist with the unique needs of adults 55 and older.
"The population of older adults in the Region is expected to almost triple by 2021, from 126,700 in 1996 to 377,200," said Keith Ward, Commissioner of Housing and Property with the Region of Peel. "Regional Council has approved a new advisory group to address the housing issues for older adults, and we are now seeking members."
The deadline to apply to volunteer for the committee is Feb. 23, 2001. About 20 members will be selected and appointed by Regional Council in the spring and then will begin meeting about four times a year.
To have an application form mailed or faxed to you, call 905-453-1300, Ext. 2528. To pick up an application form, go to the Region of Peel office at 10 Peel Centre Dr. in Brampton, Access Peel, first floor, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or to the Housing and Property Department (Peel Living entrance) at 5 Wellington St. in Brampton between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
For more information on the advisory working group, visit the Region's Web site at www.region.peel.on.ca or contact Pat Chrisjohn, Policy Analyst, Policy Section, at 905-453-1300, Ext. 2528.
The recommendation to form the Advisory Working Group on Older Adults' Housing was one of 30 recommendations in a comprehensive study produced by the Region of Peel and entitled Housing Needs and Options of Older Adults in Peel Region: Final Report.
"We are proud that the study is one of the first of its kind in Ontario and has included considerable public input through a stakeholders' meeting and several community consultations," said Regional Chair Emil Kolb.
Regional Council approved the study last March and the Terms of Reference for the advisory working group last June. The advisory working group will consist of members from various sectors of the older adult community, including:
- social housing
- social service agencies
- older adult community
- federal, provincial and municipal governments
- private real estate and development companies
- major corporations
- financial institutions
- pension funds
- faith communities
- Halton-Peel District Health Council
The advisory working group is also seeking people from different cultural groups and would welcome a volunteer who specializes in gerontology.
"These are interesting and challenging times in the housing field, and we recognize that effective housing options and solutions will require innovative approaches and partnerships with key community stakeholders," Ward said. "I am pleased to see that it is getting under way and am confident that members will lead Peel to important new developments in this area."
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