The Town of Smithers is working on the development of a housing strategy to meet the immediate and longer-term housing needs in the community.  We are interested in hearing your ideas and learning more about the types of housing needs and priorities that you believe are important to the community and that allow residents to enjoy a high quality of life. Please consider taking 10 to 15 minutes to respond to this survey so that the directions taken in the housing strategy reflect the needs and concerns of the people of Smithers. 

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* 1. Where do you currently live?

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* 2. How long have you lived in your current housing?

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* 3. How long have you lived in Smithers? 

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* 4. Do you rent or do own your home?

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* 5. If you are currently renting, do you plan to buy a home in the future?

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* 6. Approximately how much do you spend on housing each month?

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* 7. How old are you?

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* 8. Please rate your overall level of satisfaction with your current housing situation.

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* 9. Please rate your overall level of satisfaction with the affordability of your current housing.

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* 10. Please rate your overall level of satisfaction with the condition or level of repair of your current housing.

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* 11. Please rate your overall level of satisfaction with the size and suitability of  your current housing (i.e., it is the right size/has the right number of bedrooms).

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* 12. Thinking about your future housing situation, do you expect your housing needs will change in the next 5 years?

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* 13. Are you considering moving away from Smithers in the next five (5) years?

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* 14. If you are NOT a current resident of Smithers, are you considering relocating to Smithers in the next five (5) years? 

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* 15. Do you consider homelessness to be an issue in Smithers? 

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* 16. Please rank the issue of homelessness in terms of importance.

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* 17. Do you believe that housing affordability is an issue in Smithers?

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* 18. Do you think that there is the need for more rental housing in Smithers?

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* 19. Do you think that there is the need for more ownership housing in Smithers?

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* 20. Thinking of yourself and others living in Smithers, what do you see as the top  housing needs or priorities?  Choose up to three (3) responses from the following options.

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* 21. If more housing were to be built in Smithers, what type of housing do you feel the community needs most?  Choose up to three (3) responses from the following options.

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* 22. Other communities have been experimenting with different housing types like modular housing, laneway housing, coach housing and/or garden suites to better meet the needs of residents and to improve affordability. In your opinion, do you see any benefit from having a wider range of housing options in Smithers?

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* 23. Some residents (especially seniors) also need different types of supports to help them to remain in their housing for as long as possible.  Do you or others you know need help with any of the following? (Check all that apply)

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* 24. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.  If you have any additional comments or feedback, please feel free to add your comments below.

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