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housing in the region say they need at least another $10 in counties support funding to be able to continue o$ering subsidized housing. During his presentation, Tremblay noted that in#ation is a$ecting almost every aspect of assisted housing, from the steady and conti- nuing rise in electricity costs to property taxes. He added that landlords face rising costs to maintain their properties while their tenants, who all have !xed or limited incomes, also face rising costs for necessities like food, clothing, toiletries, and medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter. Landlords who maintain assisted housing properties argue that an increase in the subsidy is needed otherwise they may not be able to continue providing the service. "ey ask the UCPR to increase the subsidy by about $10 otherwise the assisted housing program for the counties will be “in serious danger”. Warden Robert Kirby expressed sympathy about the situation for the delegation. “Have patience,” he said, “and we will have an answer for you.” "e matter will go up for review during a future counties council session.

Operators of subsidized housing facilities in Prescott-Russell say they need help from the counties. Normand Tremblay headed a delegation representing landlords in the region who pro- vide subsidized housing units for seniors and others living on !xed incomes. He presented a plea to the United Counties of Prescott-Rus- sell (UCPR) council during its Aug. 26 regular session. “"e cost tomaintain our residences conti- nues to increase,” Tremblay said, adding that in#ation is making the situation “practically impossible” for assisted housing operators to maintain their premises and their services for their tenants. "e group wants the council to reconsider its decision earlier this year against an increase in the monthly subsidy that the counties pro- vides operators of low-cost housing units so their tenants can a$ord a home of their own. Currently, the UCPR subsidy is $50 amonth per subsidized unit. But the operators of subsidy

Normand Tremblay pleads with counties council to reconsider its past decision to keep the status quo for assisted housing subsidies.

Reality Tour moving forward The Reality Tour is a go. The information evening held September 19 saw some very positive results for organizer Caroll Carkner. The Rotary Club has agreed to sponsor the program and manage finances. Funds have been received from the Lions Club, and from the United Way/Centraide of Prescott-Russell. Other organizations and individuals are invited to make donations. Cheques should be made payable to the Rotary Club with Reality Tour written in the subject line. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, September 13 at 7 p.m., at the Anglican Church in Vankleek Hill. This meeting is for volunteers as well as anyone who wants to help out. The date of the event is tentatively set for November 14. More information is available at 613-678-1512 or vankleekhill- – Diane Hunter

Alfred cottage vandalized The Hawkesbury OPP was called to investigate a break-in that occurred at a Boundary Road cottage in Alfred-Plantagenet between August 11 and August 20. Police say someone broke into the cottage and ransacked the place. Pieces of furniture and windows were broken. A truck that was parked on the property was also vandalized. Police believe this incident to be a hate crime against the victim and are looking for the public’s help. Anyone with information about this matter can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or Hawkesbury OPP at 613-632-2729. More information can be found at – Diane Hunter B I Michel Robinson, propriétaire HANGING BASKETS | VEGETABLE PLANTS | HERBS & SPICES | FLOWERS | GERANIUMS




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