Region’s Subsidized Housing Wait List Now Stands at 11 Years
Drop in Statistics Due to Change in Reporting Methods
BRAMPTON, ON. (April 26, 2012) – In a report presented to Regional Council today, the current centralized wait list numbers for subsidized housing in the Region of Peel now stands at 12,853 households. Depending on building choice, size, availability of unit and status, current wait times are at 6-11 years for families; 9 years for singles; 5-7 years for seniors; and 1-3 years for victims of family violence.
Recent efforts to streamline administrative processes internally account for the 16 per cent decline in the wait list (from 15,341 in 2010). Applicants are now required to confirm their interest annually for subsidized housing; some have experienced a change in their status, while others may have found alternate housing arrangements and have moved off the wait list. In 2011, 848 households on the wait list were placed in subsidized housing units.
In an effort to provide a more realistic timeframe for those who submitted an application, the Region projected how long they might have to wait for a subsidized housing unit, which resulted in the 21-year wait list figure that was used for many years. However, given that other housing service managers in the province do not use this projection method, Peel now reports only current wait times to enable more reliable comparisons with other service managers in Ontario, as reflected in the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association’s 2011 Wait List Report.
“Thousands still need subsidy for affordable housing in Peel, so whether they’re waiting five or 10 years, any length of time is discouraging for people,” said Regional Councillor Gael Miles, Vice-Chair of the Human Services Committee. “As Council upholds housing as one of our top priorities, we support staff in their efforts to implement different strategies to help people off the wait list.”
Last year, Council approved $17.1 million in annual funding for housing, with the clear direction to reduce Peel's centralized waiting list. In response, staff developed the Housing Investment Plan, 2011-2031 that proposes four strategic directions: (1) increase the number of rental assistance recipients; (2) increase rental housing supply; (3) increase access to homeownership; and (4) enhance housing stability. The plan will enable some residents to age in place and stay in their communities and upon full implementation, will support 2,650 households annually (including over 1,700 new Rent-Geared-to-Income subsidies) and provide one-time assistance to 3,839 households for a variety of housing initiatives over the next 20 years.
With the second longest wait list in Ontario, Peel faces a number of challenges in the affordable housing sector, including low unit turnover in subsidized housing, short supply of rental units, and population growth. Staff will continue to work with community stakeholders and other levels of government to increase the supply of affordable housing options in Peel to serve those on the centralized housing wait list.
For more information about Peel Access To Housing, visit peelregion.ca/social/housing
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon. For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit peelregion.ca.