Over $38 Million for Community Housing in Peel RegionPublished on April 18, 2019
Province Making Community Housing Safer, More Efficient and Sustainable in the Region of Peel, and across Ontario
MISSISSAUGA — The government of Ontario is putting people first by providing over $1 billion in 2019-20, including more than $38 million for the Region of Peel, to help sustain, repair, and grow community housing, and to help end homelessness.
“It’s a plan to transform a fragmented and inefficient system into one that is more streamlined, sustainable and ready to help people who need it most. Our government believes Ontario families shouldn’t have to live in buildings with crumbling walls, leaking roofs and broken elevators,” said the Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We will work with municipalities and non-profits to address issues like safety, overcrowding and long wait lists.”
“After years of neglect by the previous government, we recognize that we need to do everything we can to provide safe and sustainable housing for the people who need it most; this includes seniors, women and children fleeing from domestic abuse and other criminal activity," said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. "This $38 million investment in community housing in the Region of Peel will help get these people off our streets, and into homes."
In 2019-20, the Region of Peel will receive:
- $17,860,334 from the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative;
- $9,910,600 from the Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative;
- $6,310,484 from the Investment in Affordable Housing in Ontario;
- $2,666,347 from the Home for Good Program; and,
- $1,465,636 from the Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative.
“For years community housing systems across the province and in our community have been falling apart, leaving families living in homes with crumbling walls and leaky roofs,” said Nina Tangri, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville. “That’s why our government is making a $1 billion dollar investment, alongside the launch of our Community Housing Renewal Strategy, to help sustain, repair and grow community housing.”
“The proactive approach outlined in Minister Clark’s new Community Housing Renewal Strategy is a much-needed update to a complex and inefficient system,” said Mississauga Centre MPP Natalia Kusendova. “The people of Mississauga deserve a streamlined and sustainable system that can address much needed repairs and shorten the wait-list.”
Ontario’s new Community Housing Renewal Strategy includes early steps to improve community housing across the province:
- Encouraging tenants to seek opportunities at school and work by removing existing penalties for working more hours or going to college or university;
- Making rent more predictable by simplifying rent calculations;
- Freeing up the wait-list by having tenants prioritize their first choice and accept the first unit they are offered, while allowing Service Managers flexibility to make exceptions in extenuating circumstances;
- Protecting tenants who receive child support payments by ensuring their rent is not impacted by payments;
- Making housing available to those who truly need it by requiring an asset test;
- Making housing safer by empowering housing providers to turn away tenants who have been evicted for criminal activity.
"Many of my constituents live in subsidized housing. I have heard loud and clear their frustrations and concerns of safety on the rapid deterioration of their homes,” said Kaleed Rasheed, MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville. “This $1 billion investment in the repair and maintenance of social housing will bring back the dignity of the residents and finally address the safety hazards that persist in the projects."
“Something had to be done,” said Sheref Sabawy, MPP for Mississauga-Erin Mills. “Finally, we have a government that is putting people first. By helping the most vulnerable, they can have access to affordable and safe housing, to help them get back on their feet.”
- In 2014-18, Ontario contributed 57 per cent of housing and homelessness spending, compared with just 17 per cent from the federal government.
- Community housing is provided by non-profit, co-operative and municipal housing agencies. It includes a range of programs from subsidized social and affordable housing, including housing for Indigenous people, to rent supplements and portable housing benefits that help people find housing in the private market.
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP