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Affordable Housing

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Kelsie MacPhail

on 27 March 2013

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Lack of Supply What is Affordable Housing? Lack of Funding Issues with Affordable Housing 1 in 5 households in Guelph earn less than $25,000 per year Affordable Housing - Should not exceed 30%
- Housing that is appropriate for the needs of low to moderate-income households
-Ownership vs Rental Affordable Housing Housing Targets - 36% of the new growth to 2031 - 380 units of affordable housing - 3,770 households pay more than 50% of income - 2,320 (62%) are tenants, and 1,450 (38%) are homeowners Lack of Funding
Lack of Supply
Imbalance of Quantity Supplied and Quantity Demanded
Need for Support Services Lack of monetary funding
Lack of funding stability Supply of Affordable Housing units are increasing at a decreasing rate
Large drop in supply after cut in funding
Increases to the affordable housing stock Long waiting lists
Average wait time in Guelph of 493 days 3620 households earning less than $15,000

70% are deemed to be “High Need”

Largest affordable housing demand is for one-bedroom units

growing number of families in Guelph Demand Characteristics Low number of rental units
Largest type supplied is for single senior units, nearly 1000 units
Less than 400 units supplied for bachelor and 1 bedroom units that are non-senior rooms Supply Characteristics Need of Support Services Transitional housing

Supportive housing

Teaching life skills Guelph Affordable Housing Strategy Supply and demand for social housing in the Wellington County
Lack of supply of affordable rental housing
Development of strategic partnership
Provide consultation
Clarify role of County 5 Strategic Principals for Affordable Housing Plan 1. Production of new Affordable and Social Housing
2. Protection from losing homes
3. Preservation of rental housing
4. Planning and land use regulations
5. Monitoring of affordable housing Encouraging Affordable Housing Municipal Housing Facility By-law

Land Use Planning and Regulation Michael House young pregnant and parenting women
3-story apartment building on Bristol Street “our clientele tends to be some of the most vulnerable in the community. The idea behind the new housing project is to break the cycle of poverty, abuse, and child welfare involvement”. Engaging Local Citizens Poverty Guelph & Wellington Task Force For Elimination further educated local citizens on the issues related to poverty Wellington-Guelph Housing Committee Recognizes that homelessness housing is a complex problem Rural Homelessness Study for the County of Wellington. What “homeless” means Absolute-living on the street or in emergency shelters
Hidden or Concealed- living with friends or family, in a car or in a long-term institution
Relative-living in substandard conditions or at risk of losing their homes What would help? 1. Improve the equity 2. Promote practices 3. Work with local youth service providers 4. Adopt a Housing First Policy Available Services Addiction Support groups
Community mental health services
Community outreach and housing support services
Food Banks
Literacy programs
Parent and Child programs
Rent & Utility Banks Habitat for Humanity “mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty” Volunteer Opposition of Affordable Housing "People need to take responsibility for their actions, if they cant afford to house themselves and a baby, perhaps they shouldn't have gotten pregnant. Why should people who work hard, and receive nothing from the government pay for this and all the programs like this"
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