For Immediate Release
January 23, 2001

Keith Ward
Commissioner of Housing and Property
Region of Peel and
General Manager, Peel Living
905-453-1300, Ext. 2518


(Brampton) - Peel Living Board of Directors re-elected Regional Councillors Paul Palleschi and Pat Mullin as their President and Vice-president for the term ending June 30, 2002.

The January 18 meeting was the first for the new board following the election of Regional Councillors in November 2000. Board members come from Regional Council.

"Staff at Peel Living have been diligently working to assume the administrative responsibilities of social housing stock from Peel Regional Housing Corporation (PRHC)," said Keith Ward, General Manager of Peel Living. "Merger of the portfolios of each corporation will be completed in the next few months."

The Region began the merger on Jan. 1, 2001, the day the province's Social Housing Reform Act came into effect, giving municipalities across Ontario the responsibility of administering social housing in their areas previously administered by the province.

"Peel Living is the Region of Peel's non-profit housing corporation. The Region anticipated the passage of the province's Bill and began the process of merging Peel Living with PRHC in October 2000," said Ward, who is also Commissioner of Housing and Property for the Region.

The move increases efficiencies in administering the merged social housing portfolios, totalling 6,400 units.

"Our experience in Peel Living will help to ensure we understand the needs of all providers in Peel as we take on the responsibility of Service Manager for social housing," said Ward.

As Service Manager, the Region will be responsible for administering a total of 13,000 social housing units, including the 6,400 units from Peel Living and PRHC. Administration includes maintenance of a central waiting list and rent supplement program, and overseeing asset protection in all the projects.

The transfer of responsibility is expected to take 18 months and includes providers in various social housing programs such as private non-profit and co-operative corporations, rent supplements to private building owners, and some fully federally-funded programs.

"The Act also requires the Region to prepare a business plan showing how it will administer the units," said Ward. "The plan will be developed with an advisory group of providers and must be forwarded to the province by May 1, 2001."

Housing and Property staff are completing a financial assessment of maintaining the PRHC's 1,016 units over a 20-year period. The report is scheduled for release in a few weeks.

For further information on Peel Living or the Region's new social housing responsibilities, please contact Keith Ward, Commissioner of Housing and Property for the Region, and General Manager of Peel Living, at 905-453-1300, Ext. 2518.

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