Housing and Homelessness and Ontario's 2011 Provincial Election

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This presentation offers insights on housing and homelessness as they relate to Ontario's 2011 provincial election.

Michael Shapcott, Director of Housing and Innovation
www.wellesleyinstitute.com
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Housing and Homelessness and Ontario's 2011 Provincial Election

  1. 1. Housing and homelessness and Ontario’s 2011 provincial election Legal clinics forum October 19, 2011 Michael Shapcott Director, Housing and Innovation The Wellesley InstituteThursday, October 20, 2011
  2. 2. Ontario’s new housing ministerThursday, October 20, 2011
  3. 3. Federal housing cuts: Federal 2011-12 Spending Estimates cut 39% in housing investments from $3.1 billion last year to $1.9 billion this year, including 97% cut to affordable housing initiative, 94% cut to housing repairs and 70% cut to assisted housing. Short-term federal housing and homelessness initiatives expire in 2014: All short-term funding ends, including July 2011 federal-provincial-territorial affordable housing agreement. In addition, long-term “step out” of federal long-term housing commitments (started in 1996) continues...Thursday, October 20, 2011
  4. 4. More federal cuts on horizon CMHC housing programs from 2010 to 2014: 39% cut in housing program elimination of AHI 8% cut (50,200 homes) in households assisted 96% cut in repairsThursday, October 20, 2011
  5. 5. Thursday, October 20, 2011
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  8. 8. Ontario auditor general, 2009: “No provincial strategy to help ensure long-term sustainability of sufficient numbers of well-maintained social housing units.” No provincial plan to deal with expiry of federal subsidies. ‘Fragmented and inefficient approach’ among more than 20 housing programs in three provincial ministries. Poor design, lack of monitoring, left Ontario ‘unable to determine whether funds were spent fulfilling most critical social housing needs’ Ontario unable to account for $330 million in federal housing funds transferred to the province.Thursday, October 20, 2011
  9. 9. New affordable homes: Provincial inclusionary housing policy that authorizes municipalities to require affordable housing in new development, combined with long-term supply plan with targets, timelines and committed funding. Affordability measures: Universal housing benefit to cover the gap between household income and housing costs. Rent regulation / rental housing protection: Rent regulation and rental housing protection key components of enhanced tenant protection laws. Ending homelessness / linking with supports: Ontario needs a solid plan and funding – to end homelessness.Thursday, October 20, 2011
  10. 10. A strategic vision: Building from community up... 2.2 Policy Direction Service Managers will ensure that housing and homelessness plans: a. provide measures to prevent homelessness by supporting people to stay in their homes including eviction prevention measures and the provision of supports appropriate to clients’ needs; b. are based on a Housing First philosophy and developed in consultation with a broad range of local stakeholders including those who have experienced homelessness; c. support innovative strategies to address homelessness; d.include the provision of supports prior to and after obtaining housing to facilitate transitioning people from the street and shelters to safe, adequate and stable housing.Thursday, October 20, 2011
  11. 11. Thank you! www.wellesleyinstitute.comThursday, October 20, 2011

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