Report on the proceedings of the Housing Forum 2001, Winnipeg, Manitoba November 19 and 20, 2001
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On November 19 and 20, approximately 120 people from various backgrounds came together to discuss important issues related to the inner city housing stock. The government, third and private sectors were all represented at the forum, and geographic representation ranged from Spence, West Broadway and the North End, to Elmwood, McDermot-Sherbrook, and even Thompson and Brandon. The event was organized around two main themes: Affordable Rental Housing in the Inner City, and New Residential Construction in the Inner City. Each session was launched by presentations from representatives drawn from the community, the university and the private sector. The presentations were followed by group discussions focussing on questions provided at the outset of the forums. The goal of the discussions was to set a direction for the development of housing, both new and rehabilitated, resident-owned and rental, in the inner city. It was felt that this dialogue would identify strategies which could be used to improve the quality of residences in the inner city. The sessions were held at the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre. Special thanks to their staff for their help in hosting the event, and for providing the meals.