At our launch back in April 2015, we surveyed our speakers and audience, asking them what their vision is for the future of Riversdale. One of the most important themes that came back to us was affordable housing. If there is one vision for Riversdale that we seem to all agree on, it's that we want a neighbourhood with housing that meets the needs of our community.
One of the world's most famous urbanists, Jane Jacobs, emphasizes the importance of diversity in urban neighbours. Mixed-income, mixed-use neighbourhoods are healthy, and very relevant to Riversdale, where rising real estate prices threaten the current diversity that makes this neighbourhood unique.
So when the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) told us about a survey they developed around affordable housing, we wanted to help. SHIP's survey is partly geared towards identifying what barriers exist for home builders to do affordable housing projects. And another survey targets people who currently or may need to access affordable housing programs in the city, to try and assess the need. As SHIP says, "your answers will help guide us as we partner on creating new housing options, and talk with government about investing in new affordable housing to make sure everyone has a safe, affordable and appropriate place to live."