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Housing And Shelter In Peel Region: First Annual Report Card On Housing and Homelessness Initiatives - Report presented to Peel Regional Council. March 29, 2001

Report to Regional Council
March 29, 2001

From: Keith Ward, Commissioner of Housing and Property and General Manager, Peel Living
Paul Vezina, Commissioner of Social Services
Peter Graham, Commissioner of Health

Recommendation

That Regional Council authorize the Commissioner of Housing and Property to pursue Federal and Provincial program funding opportunities within the Continuum of Supports framework, aimed at prevention of homelessness and provision of direct services to those who are homeless and at-risk in the Region of Peel;

And further, that this report be forwarded to all area M.P.P.s and M.P.s.

Report Highlights

  • Leadership from Council and innovative interdepartmental collaboration are creating practical responses.
  • It is evident that the supply of affordable rental housing is in decline in Peel
  • Projected Regional population growth coupled with poverty data suggest the urgent demand for affordable rental housing
  • Peel lacks the affordable housing needed for entry level paid employees
  • Rising shelter costs forcing families to forgo food and clothing; family poverty severely impacting on one in five children in Peel
  • An urgent need for housing that would provide a range of support services to allow independent living
  • Youth transitional housing determined as a priority area
  • Partnerships and consensus building between staff and the community on a number of initiatives
  • Length of stay in family shelters and the Rosetown Inn has increased significantly, suggesting the shortage of affordable and/or transitional housing options in Peel
  • Shelter statistics reveal that approximately 40% of homeless shelter residents are employed in some capacity
  • Outreach Team, comprised of staff from Health, Social Services, Housing and community agencies, is seeing progress with clients and the project has proved a success
  • Homeless Prevention Program funding not keeping pace with community needs
  • GTA pooling costs negatively impacting on the ability of Peel, as a growing municipality, to respond to the needs of vulnerable populations

Full Report (63 KB, 15 pages)
Report Appendices (163 KB, 26 pages)


Revised: Wednesday August 01 2007

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