Peel Housing Programs & Initiatives
Social Housing for Seniors
Profile: Millbrook Place
Profile: Summerville Pines
Peel Advisory Working Group on Older Adults' Housing
Older Adults and Seniors in Peel
It is forecasted that by 2031, adults 55 and over will make up almost 30 per cent (443,000) of Peel's projected population of 1.5 million people. This represents nearly triple the 2001 older adult population in Peel. Addressing the housing needs of this rapidly growing segment of the population is a concern everywhere in Canada.
There are currently 2,090 seniors (65 and over) on the Peel Access to Housing (PATH) centralized social housing waiting list and there has been a disturbing increase in poverty and homelessness among local seniors. Unfortunately the wait time for a one bedroom unit in a non-profit seniors building is currently 3 – 7 years. Complicating this reality is the fact that a large percentage of the senior population, particularly those from cultural minorities and those with disabilities, remain unaware of the housing and social support programs and services that are available to them.
The Region of Peel is rising to these challenges by: administering 20 seniors-only buildings with almost 1600 units (the vast majority of these are Peel Living buildings, the Region’s non-profit housing provider, but there are also some private community non-profit providers with seniors’ buildings); building hundreds of new units of affordable housing for seniors; and educating and advocating on behalf of older adults’ and seniors’ housing needs through the Peel Advisory Working Group on Older Adults’ Housing (please see the information sheet that follows). In addition there are hundreds of social housing units accommodating seniors in family buildings.
Seniors Social Housing in Peel
Across the spectrum of Peel’s social housing options, from private non-profit community providers, to co-operatives, to the Region’s Peel Living portfolio, there are a total of 32 buildings dedicated to seniors. The majority of their units have affordable rents that are determined by the resident’s income (rent-geared-to-income RGI), meaning they pay 30% of whatever income they have in rent. Peel’s social housing for seniors offers the choice of units integrated into family and mixed tenancy buildings, or units in seniors-only buildings. Many seniors also live in regular units in family developments.
The Region of Peel itself has much to be proud of when it comes to delivering affordable older adults housing. The first project constructed by Peel Living, the Region’s social housing corporation, was a 90-unit seniors building in Brampton, and today over 25% of Peel Living units are dedicated to seniors. That translates into over 1800 units, and more are underway. Peel Living also provides 289 units of “supportive housing,” dedicated to special needs residents including seniors, where social supports are associated with the housing facility. Community support agencies like Peel Senior Link and Supportive Housing in Peel (SHIP) serve these residents. Peel also maintains and builds long term care facilities.
New Seniors Social Housing Developments in Peel
Peel Living has 401 new senior’s units in its recent and upcoming projects. These are self-sustaining developments which will be maintained through their rental revenues and are being built through the Region’s social housing reserves, Region-owned land, and federal and provincial affordable housing dollars. They are:
- Millbrook Place – 120 seniors’ units in Mississauga – opened in December 2003;
- Summerville Pines – a 136-unit seniors’ housing project in Mississauga – opened on April 15, 2005;
- John Street – 125 units in Brampton for seniors, and;
- Walker Road – 20-plus units in an addition to an existing seniors’ building at 20 Walker Road East, Caledon. This project will also include a drop-in centre for all area seniors.