Thunder Bay Residents Invited To Share Affordable Housing Insights
McGuinty Government Seeks Input on Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy
Ontario is developing a long-term affordable housing strategy and is inviting Thunder Bay residents, community groups and professionals in the local housing sector to participate in consultations.
Participants will be asked to share their ideas on how to improve and streamline housing services and programs to make them work for the people who need access to adequate, suitable and affordable housing.
A public meeting will be held at Suomi Koti Non-Profit Housing Facility, 527 County Boulevard, Thunder Bay, on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Residents can also share their input by visiting www.ontario.ca/housingstrategy.
Developing a long-term affordable housing strategy is an important part of Breaking the Cycle: Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy, which will reduce the number of children living in poverty by 25 per cent over five years -- lifting 90,000 kids out of poverty -- by boosting benefits for low-income families and enhancing publicly-funded education.
- The province, in partnership with the federal government, has committed $1.2 billion in investment to repair and retrofit social housing units, create new housing for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities, and to extend the Canada - Ontario Affordable Housing Program. Ontario is moving quickly to implement this new funding with a total of 39 "quick start" projects totalling over $76 million.
- In Thunder Bay, 251 units of affordable housing have been approved for funding. Last year, the province invested an additional $1.5 million to repair and retrofit local social housing units.
- Every new unit of affordable housing results in two years of employment for a person working in the housing sector.
“Affordable housing affects individuals and families in our community. The Ontario government wants to hear creative ideas on how to make affordable housing accessible to everyone who needs it.”
“I am delighted to see that so many people in Northwestern Ontario are willing to engage in the consultation process. It is imperative that we, as a government, take their advice and concerns with us as we work towards developing the new Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy.”
“This is the time to look at the housing systems and programs we have in place and make sure they work for the people in this province, now, and in the future.”