Received a press release on this from the Regina Urban Aboriginal Strategy Committee a few weeks ago. It’s the first in a series of community coffee houses geared to bringing together “Regina residents, community groups and policy-makers with the goal of increasing public awareness and developing community responses to issues surrounding housing and homelessness in our city.”

At today’s session participants will hear first-hand accounts from people who have either experienced homelessness or worked with the homeless in Regina. With the huge jump in housing prices in recent years, and plummeting supply of rental stock, with a corresponding spike in the cost of rental accomodation (for some time now, the vacancy rate has hovered around one per cent),  this is very definitely one of the biggest challenges facing the city.

The coffee house is being held at the German Club (1727 St. John) beginning with registration at 1 p.m. Panel conversations and audience involvement will follow, with the event wrapping up at 4:30 p.m. For more info call 551-2624.