Housing and Homelessness Initiatives
Are Increasing Affordable Housing in Peel
BRAMPTON, ON. (May 28, 2015) - With a population growth of 20,000 new residents each year and an unemployment rate above the provincial average, the need to increase affordable housing remains a top priority for the Region of Peel.
“Housing is the foundation for people’s well-being,” stated Human Services Commissioner Janet Menard. “It is a primary determinant of our quality of life. It affects our health, our society and our economy. It helps people secure jobs and raise their families. That’s why we continue to focus on reducing poverty and increasing affordable housing for Peel residents.”
The Region released a 2015 Annual Housing System Report that highlights Peel’s housing and homelessness needs and the community’s successes in addressing those needs. It emphasizes the importance of partnerships among government, the non-profit and private sectors and residents in planning a system that connects people with housing, health care, transit, food, employment, child care and financial support.
The community came together in 2013 to create a 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan with a goal to eliminate homelessness in Peel in ten years. A recently released Progress Update shows how the lives of thousands of Peel residents have been improved as a result of the community’s collective efforts. For example, there are currently fewer households waiting for housing subsidies than there have been in the last 13 years. As well, innovative housing developments have led to significant reductions in tax contributions.
“We continue to look for opportunities to work with our systems partners as we explore new ways of solving our community’s evolving needs while ensuring that services are delivered efficiently and cost effectively,” said Menard.
Peel’s Housing Needs
- 11,998 households are waiting for rent subsidy; the average wait time is 5.3 years; almost 5,000 new applications were received in 2014 for housing subsidies.
- Peel’s employment sector is becoming more precarious, with part-time and contract work becoming more prevalent and stable jobs becoming less available.
Peel’s Progress to Increase Affordable Housing
- 4,772 households were supported in 2014 through existing and new rent supplement initiatives and partnerships with over 230 non-profit and private landlords.
- Mississauga adopted policies to permit basement and garden suites.
- Key community volunteers form the Community Reference Group to guide Peel’s 10-year housing and homelessness plan.
For more information on Peel’s Annual Housing System Report and the Peel Housing and Homelessness Plan, visit us at peelregion.ca/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 1.3 million people and approximately 88,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, call 905-791-7800 or visit peelregion.ca.