Recognizing National Housing Day, Nov. 22 - Join the Conversation About Peel's Affordable Housing Needs
BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 19, 2015) – In celebration of National Housing Day on Sunday, November 22, the Region of Peel is inviting residents, agencies and other governments to help raise awareness about the importance of finding sustainable housing solutions for healthy communities in Peel and across Canada.
“We know that housing is the foundation for people's well-being and that it is essential to our community’s prosperity,” said Juliet Jackson, Director, Strategic Planning, Policy and Partnerships, Human Services, Region of Peel. “All of us have an important role to play in finding solutions and it is inspiring to see how our community continues to come together to address our housing needs.”
In 2013, the Region in partnership with the community created Peel’s 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan. It aims to increase safe, affordable, accessible and appropriate housing with the goal that everyone has a home and homelessness is eliminated.
As a result of the community’s collective efforts, there are now fewer households waiting for housing subsidy in Peel than there has been in the last 13 years. An innovative partnership between Supportive Housing in Peel (SHIP) and the Region for a new affordable housing project has led to a significantly reduced need for municipal tax contributions from $87,500 to $7,500 per unit.
Despite the progress made through various initiatives, the housing needs of Peel’s community remain complex. “This requires us to continue finding new solutions, expand our partnerships and work collaboratively to meet our community’s evolving needs while ensuring services are delivered efficiently and cost effectively,” said Jackson.
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.