Shout Sisters to sing for affordable housing

By Jenn Watt

Published June 13 2017

They sing for the joy of it and to better the community.

Each year the Shout Sister Choir puts on a fundraising concert to bring in dollars for local charities treating the audience to an evening of uplifting song goodies and a good cause.

“Our performances are joyful occasions and our audiences respond with delight to our enthusiasm and energy” a press release from the Shout Sisters reads.

Places for People which provides affordable rental housing in Haliburton County was chosen as this year’s recipient.

In 10 years Places for People has created six rental units in the county and is currently looking for its next location.

“We’re going to try to have our next property in Highlands East” said Fay Martin vice-president of the charity.

Although Place for People has already been looking in the municipality the housing stock has made it difficult to find specifically what they’re looking for. They’ve adjusted their plan and are now seeking single family dwellings in one of the villages: Wilberforce Gooderham or Cardiff. Having housing in settlement areas lessens the need for a vehicle for low-income families that are the target tenants of Places for People.

Martin encourages anyone in those areas with housing for sale – or lease – to get in touch:

“We’re open for biz” she said. “We’ll consider anything.”

However there are some restrictions. As a charitable group providing affordable housing their budget isn’t huge. If the agreement is a lease it needs to be at least five years so that the tenants can feel secure that they won’t have to relocate in the near future.

Funds from the community assist Places for People in acquiring new properties and keeping them up.

The concert will take place Friday June 16 at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion in Haliburton. Doors open at 7 p.m. show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $15 children 12 and younger get in for free. Get your tickets by contacting a choir member or buy them at the door.