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  1. 1. Local Housing and Homelessness Plans EOMC September 2012
  2. 2. Local Housing and Homelessness Plans Local Plans must include: 1. an assessment of current and future housing needs within the Service Manager’s service area 2. objectives and targets relating to housing needs 3. a description of activities proposed to meet the objectives and targets 4. a description of how progress towards meeting the objectives will be measured Local Plans are expected to: – be high level strategic plans that address the entire housing continuum – treat housing as a whole system with links to other municipal planning activities, for example: – Land-use planning and Official Plan – Infrastructure planning – Human services planning 2
  3. 3. Local Housing and Homelessness Plans Other Local Plan requirements: – 10 year planning horizon, reviewed at least every five years – Province will have 90 days to comment on plans before they are finalized – Plans are approved by Service Managers – First plans approved by January 1, 2014 – During plan preparation and review the Service Managers shall consult with the public 3
  4. 4. Challenges • Transition from program planning to strategic systems thinking – Including Integration of housing and homelessness – Strengthening links with other municipal departments, such as land use planning • Service Managers have differing levels of experience with long term planning, governance structures and political cultures – no one size fits all • These different environments and increased local flexibility means Local Plans will vary across the 47 Service Managers • Need for support to build sector capacity 4
  5. 5. Housing and Homelessness Resource Centre (HHRC) • Partnership between MMAH and OMSSA with AMO, Toronto, HSC, NOSDA, SMHN • Additional input from other sector stakeholders such as CMHC • Mandate is to develop and deliver tools and resources needed by Service Managers to develop Local Housing and Homelessness Plans including: – Strategic planning of housing and homelessness services – Consultation and engagement with the local community and housing sector stakeholders – Developing methodologies and scoping of need and demand assessments, including data collection and analysis – Link to other planning activities including land use planning, human service plans, and infrastructure planning – Establish networks of external stakeholders with resources that can aid with the successful completion of the plans 5
  6. 6. HHRC • Primary focus is supporting peer to peer knowledge transfers in supporting long term plan development • Supporting system development – Building capacity to support better local planning – Tools and training on items such as service integration, public engagement, data analysis • Targeting 3 levels – Smaller Service Managers with limited resources and little experience with long term system level planning – Service Managers with some planning experience in Housing or Homelessness but not yet looking with a long term strategic view of the whole housing system – Service Managers with integrated housing and homelessness plans looking at developing more innovative and targeted activities to address the housing issues in their communities 6
  7. 7. HHRC Areas of specific interest • Consultation – with the public during the preparation of local plans (HSA) – with a broad range of local stakeholders including those who have experienced homelessness (OHPS) • Assessment of Current and Future Housing Needs – the regulation requires that the plan include an assessment of needs, objectives and targets, measures to meet the objectives and targets, and progress measurement in relation to housing for victims of domestic violence and accessible housing for persons with disabilities • Procuring resources – Terms of reference for the project – Approaching the right consultants 7
  8. 8. HHRC resources • Website: www.hhrconline.com – Resources include templates and checklist – Guidebook covering major elements of Strategic Plan preparation – Third party research on important areas for long term planning of the housing and homelessness system – e.g. evaluation of homelessness program approaches – Samples of Service Managers strategic plans • Other Resources – Data Profiles for each Service Manager area, and supporting guide – Twitter feed @HHRC1 – includes links to discussions and resources germane to the development of the local plans • Semi-annual forum – Spring forum ‘Getting Started’ – Fall Forum ‘Integrating Planning Activities’ 8
  9. 9. HHRC We’ve come a long way… • Announcement & brainstorming sessions during the Dec 2 SMHN meeting • SM Needs Survey - Released Dec 14 • Preliminary Resource Centre development of tools/ content: – Online resource library – Housing & Homelessness Plan Requirements – Local Plan Table of Contents – Helpful links • Enhanced Website Design • Enhanced Product Development based on Service Manager Evaluation and Readiness Assessment • Outreach Program – Presentations at conferences, local meetings • SM Workshop/Forum in April 2012 – Survey follow-up 9
  10. 10. Example: Data Profile A critical part at the start of plan development is doing a need and demand assessment for housing in the communities in the SM territory. For housing, a wide variety of information can be found in standard sources such as the census or CMHC sources, and the challenge is to focus in on the data that best captures the issues, and to find the expertise to analyse the data and draw For homelessness and supportive housing, the main data sources in most cases will be administrative data (e.g. on service usage, from funders or providers) as well as any special studies that may exist. Each service manager will need to make its own decisions about what data have priority, find out what exists locally, and determine what is feasible. This list is simply a starting point. 10
  11. 11. Data Profile Collection of information from publicly available sources formatted by SM boundary. Sources include census and other Statscan data, CMHC, Ministry of Finance. Coordinated by MMAH. Information in Data Profile: 1) Age profile and trends 2) Households by age, family type and tenure 3) Housing condition [not shown here] 4) Core housing need and severe need 5) Social housing and waiting list [not shown] 6) Production and prices 7) Market rents and vacancies These tables enable SM to do an efficient analysis of basic trends in their communities housing market and lays a foundation for community consultations and more detailed analysis. 11
  12. 12. Age profiles: trends & projections ►What are the trends in age, e.g. how much increase in seniors; will rise in young adults balance this or not? ►Also becomes a basis for household projections… 12
  13. 13. Tenure by age and family type ►How many young families, senior singles, etc., are owners or renters? ►What segment of the community is directly affected by rental housing needs? ►Can readily calculate household formation rates to apply to future population and to project future households… 13
  14. 14. Core housing need ►What is the extent of affordability problems among owners and among renters? ►What is the extent of severe problems? ►What is the extent of problems among seniors, and among Aboriginal people? 14
  15. 15. Production trends ►How much housing & what sort built in past 5 years? ►Can consider what types of households this may or may not serve ►Can compare this to net change (in census) and see what implied loss of rental or other trends 15
  16. 16. Rental housing ►What situation and what trends in the price and availability of market rental apartments? 16
  17. 17. Data Profile This information can be used to develop a basic profile of your communities and identify the issues which can start the conversations or change the direction of existing discussions. But for the long term management of the whole housing system we need to develop more timely, comprehensive and locally appropriate data …. 17
  18. 18. Implementation Timeline for Local Housing and Homelessness Plans 2011 2012 2013 2014 Legislation, policy Training, development Training, final planning Local Plan direction, training and Planning and approval Implementation Housing Services Act, MMAH Needs Survey and Consolidated funding 2011 Royal Assent Outreach envelope provided to 10 year Local (May 4) Service Managers for Phase Housing and OMSSA Resource Centre One Program Consolidation Homelessness Housing Services Act, Needs Survey, Plans in place 2011 regulations and development of training Continued OMSSA January 1, 2014 Ontario Housing Policy programs and guides and Resource Centre delivery of Statement released outreach products and services (August 11) Local Plan development Approval process iCAST with Service • Needs assessment • Service Manager Managers and sector • Gap analysis approval of draft plan for representatives • Consultation submission to MMAH (August 17) • Goal setting • 90 days Ministerial Review • Action plan OMSSA Housing and • Revise plan as needed to consider any Ministerial Homelessness comments Resource Centre • Present final plan for announced (Dec. 2) Council/DSSAB approval 18

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