For Immediate Release
June 21, 2001

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

Region of Peel Helps Residents with Temporary Housing Needs

(Brampton) - Families in Peel experiencing a housing crisis will get some relief in the near future. Peel Living Board of Directors gave the go-ahead today for a plan to build transitional housing as part of the Region of Peel's broader strategy to reduce the growing incidence of homelessness in Peel. The proposal received Regional Council approval in April 2001.

"The housing project we are designing will include appropriate services to support families going through a difficult time," said Keith Ward, Commissioner of Housing and Property for the Region and General Manager of Peel Living, the Region's non-profit housing corporation. "We'll be able to help families get back on their feet and increase their capacity to regain stability in their lives in other long-term housing options."

The 20-unit housing proposal will be built on land owned by Peel Living and financed with federal and Regional funds. The proposal was the brainchild of a Family Housing Work Group established to address issues raised by Peel's Task Force on Homelessness. Work Group members are from the Region's departments of Housing and Property and Social Services, the Peel faith community and community-based agencies.

"Increasingly, families are losing their housing because of job losses, medical problems, family breakdowns and rising rents well beyond inflation rates," said Ward. "Available rental housing has clearly declined in Peel since 1996."

According to a Regional staff report, shelters and overflow facilities such as the Rosetown Inn in the City of Brampton are constantly filled and use of the Region's two homeless shelters is on the rise. Costs of serving homeless families in Peel's shelter system escalated by 60 per cent between 1999 and 2000.

"The housing project for families in transition will be a more effective and financially efficient way to provide housing and services for families in crisis and help break the cycle of homelessness before it becomes entrenched, creating long-term costs to our human service systems," said Ward.


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