Ten transitional, “micro-housing” units coming to Oshawa this fall

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Officials are expecting to open a ten-unit “micro-housing” project on currently-vacant land at the corner of Olive Avenue and Drew Street, backing onto Banting Avenue.

The small homes will be pre-fabricated, then brought to the site for final installation.

It’s only a temporary home at this point. Officials are looking for a more permanent site, since there are already plans for major road work in the area.

Officials are still working on the design of the micro-homes, but say environmental factors will be taken into consideration.

Units will be single-occupancy and around 330 square feet in size. They’ll be organized into two clusters of five units each, which will be connected to two on-site ‘service areas’ for hydro, water and sewage.

Those who move into the homes will enter into a ‘participation agreement,’ instead of signing a lease. This means their time in the home may be limited and tied to their participation in a program to bridge the gap and find more permanent housing.

Supports will also be offered to those living at the site.

Once complete, tenants will be able to access financial supports, employment services, mental health and addiction supports, life skills and more.

The first tenants are expected to move in by this fall.

Lakeridge Health, Durham College and Ontario Tech University are also partnering with the region on this project.