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Charlottetown wants to know what affordable housing means to youth

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The City of Charlottetown wants young people to help shape the conversation about what constitutes affordable housing for them.

The city’s youth retention advisory board, Charlottetown Youth Matters, has launched a survey to collect data on housing for people between the ages of 16 and 35.

The board’s goal is to collect meaningful data from youth to help shape policy and direction to address housing concerns.

“What is to be considered affordable housing when it comes to the youth in Charlottetown has been a hot topic over the past year,” said Alex Youland, a member of Charlottetown Youth Matters.

“Our hope is that this survey gives the city’s young people a chance to be a part of that conversation, to allow them to help guide the direction of housing in Charlottetown.”

The survey is available on the Charlottetown Youth Matters Facebook page, on the city’s social media platforms, as well as he city's website

The survey is intended for youth currently living in Charlottetown, and those outside of the city or province who moved away, want to move back or who have general concerns about housing for youth in the city.

The board hopes the results of the survey will provide a better understanding of what impact living costs and availability have on youth who live, or who want to live in Charlottetown.

The survey also gives youth a chance to define what “affordable housing” means to them.

The housing for youth survey closes Friday, Feb. 16.

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