Joe Pantalone Housing & Poverty Policy


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Joe Pantalone Housing & Poverty Policy

  1. 1. Joe Pantalone – for a Toronto that leaves no one behind.
  2. 2. The story goes like this: here in Canada, we survived the recession thanks to the resilience of our financial system. But that’s only part of the story.
  3. 3. Here in Toronto, we have survived the recession thanks in great part to the strength and flexibility of the community services we provide, and the passion and intelligence of those who provide them. And the recession isn’t over for everyone. For many, in fact, it started well before the recession.
  4. 4. HOUSING
  5. 5. One third of the city’s households are rentals. 46% of renters pay more than a third of their income on rent; many pay more than half. There are over 60,000 households on the waiting list for affordable housing in Toronto. Canada has no national housing strategy. The Province of Ontario has let social assistance rates languish while costs rise and real incomes drop. Thanks to Provincial downloading on to municipalities, most of the social assistance programs in Toronto, though legally Provincial jurisdiction, are administered by the City. Yet the City is not given the financial power to properly fund them. So long as other levels of government pass their responsibilities, but not their powers, off on to cities, the most vulnerable will suffer. Joe Pantalone will negotiate, with the moral force of all Torontonians, to change this. But he will also use what resources the City has to make sure people do not fall further. HOUSING
  6. 6. The Housing Opportunities Toronto plan will: • Joe is committed to building 1,000 new affordable housing units every year. • Aim to bring the rent costs of working poor down to 30% of total income or less. • Fund Housing Help Centres which will provide housing assistance to at-risk households, and and Neigbhourhood Hubs which will provide food resources. • Establish a protocol to identify and remedy situations of housing properties left vacant intentionally. • Encouraging licensing and regulation of safe, clean, well-run rooming houses, thereby increasing the amount of affordable housing available to single people. Joe will direct Build Toronto and Invest Toronto to proactively identify and pursue opportunities for development of properties into affordable housing. “Inclusive zoning,” which would require a portion of any new development over a certain size to include a certain percentage of affordable rental housing, will be a priority for Mayor Joe Pantalone. Joe Pantalone will expand the scope of the successful and award-winning Streets To Homes program to beyond the downtown core. Housing has been found for 2,400 people. By the end of his term, that number will be 3,600. Protection for renters will increase when Joe expands the Multi-Residential Apartment Building (MRAB) audit and enforcement program to all rental buildings. Connecting renters to City Hall will happen thanks to increased support of the Tenant Support Grants and the Outreach and Organizing Program. Making permanent residents in Toronto eligible to vote in municipal elections will give more voice to many people more likely to be in precarious housing situations. Joe will ensure there is a comprehensive program to see that tenants are on the voters list, as the voters list we get from the provincial agency often leaves tenants out in the cold. HOUSING
  8. 8. Cities, like the people of which they are made, are complex organisms. They are interconnected. An action taken in one place can have repercussions or rewards elsewhere. This is what makes our diverse and growing city so strong and beautiful. It’s what makes the application of political vision and experience so powerful. And it’s what makes dishonest stories, thoughtless cuts, and disrespect for the city and those who make it work so dangerous. Joe Pantalone is the only Mayoral candidate who has a rapid transit plan that’s affordable, do-able, and able to reach in to all corners of Toronto. He’s the only candidate who had the experience to present a balanced budget – and one that doesn’t require service cuts. And he’s the only candidate who has a holistic set of policies which address the needs of 21st Century city- dwellers – not as motorists, taxpayers, cyclists, or consumers, but as people. URBAN INTERCONNECTION
  9. 9. More Seats at the Table plan for food prosperity Complete transporta- tion for a complete city Whole City, Whole Lives – plan for seniors Plan for a Greener Prosperity - green economy development plan Joe Pantalone’s balanced budget and governance plan Plan for Cultural Capital Housing Plan 29 years of service at City Hall Sustainability Local Food Procurement policy for all City depart- ments. 120km of European-style light rapid transit will give all of Toronto an alternative to the car More residents can afford to keep their homes and live in an urban setting their whole lives Invest Toronto and Build Toronto will prioritize attracting and facilitating green industry in Prioritiy Neighbourhoods. Achieve 500 Megawatts of energy conservation, and 500 MW of local renewable energy production. No cuts to environmental programs, parks, or transit Developing our arts industry will mean more local jobs The Tower Renewal Program will rejuvenate old towers into more energy efficient buildings, creating new green jobs in the process. The Green Bin program will be rolled out to tenants of multiresidential buildings North America’s first Green Roof Bylaw North America’s first urban wind turbine Accountability Neighbourhood Hubs will give information on food and health related resources Citizen experts will sit on the Toronto Transit Commission Joe will appoint a new Seniors’ Advocate on Council Include local hiring targets – with special focus on youth – in all city projects Budget control over certain services opened up to Community Councils Integrating arts into public services gives people more ways to raise their voice to City Hall Joe will implement a ten- ant services strategy for people who live in social housing in Toronto, and fund the Out- reach and Organizing program for tenants Brought annual tree plantings from 9,500 to 109,000. Rallied the commu- nity to make Metrolinx listen to resident concerns about plans for hundreds more trains through King and Strachan at street level, and change track cross- ing designs. Affordability Double the number of community gardens on City land will increase the amount of a fordable food High-speed rail is 5X less expensive than subways, but moves just as many people – lower costs means lower fares and taxes Property tax freeze for seniors with less than $50,000 annual household income Expanding the revenue base allows taxes to rise more slowly No loss of City jobs, property taxes kept lowest in the GTA The film industry alone generates $800 M for Toronto every year Joe is committed to the City building 1,000 units of affordable housing every year When Toronto Com- munity Housing tried to sell off its “scattered housing” properties on Crawford, Joe inter- vened to make sure the tenants could stay in affordable housing. Liveability Free meals for 40,000 more kids in need at school Complete a network of 1000km of bike lanes, create 50 bicycle parking corrals, put separated bike lanes on suitable roads, cr ate eastwest bikeway on Richmond Streets and sidewalks designed to be more friendly for those with reduced mobility, sight, and hearing New investment, new jobs, cleaner air Maintenance and growth of quality services improve everyone’s quality of life, and provide an “equalizer” Cultural Access Pass program for new Canadian residents will give free admission for one year to major performing arts companies Joe will direct Public Health to create a com- prehensive new “early warning and response” system for bed bugs, and a new public education and prevention program. Joe will expand standards enforcements for ten- ants – especially those in social housing – through MRAB, the Multi- Resi- dential Apartment Build- ing audit In 1982, Joe fought to bring a library branch to Little Italy, though bu- reaucrats said there was no point in putting a branch in an immigrant community. URBAN INTERCONNECTION
  10. 10. Joe Pantalone wants to build a city which leaves no one behind. He’s given almost three decades of attention to detail and passion for city-building to Toronto. His fingerprints are on every ecological initiative, and his hand guided some of Toronto’s greatest economic success stories. He’s lived a life of service, he’s run a campaign of hope, and he welcomes people all across Toronto to vote with hope, to vote from their hearts and their heads, and to vote for their principles. We have a city to build, and that city includes everyone.