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Facts on housing and homelessness

It’s our goal to make affordable housing available to all residents and to prevent homelessness.

Our work in affordable housing

View our fact sheet on our housing supports (pdf)

Our role as Service Manager for housing:

In 2018

View maps of current affordable and social housing sites in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga by Ward.

We're also building affordable, healthy, sustainable and inclusive neighbourhoods.

View our map of affordable housing projects in progress (pdf) in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

Information for Housing Providers, Developers, Community Partners

Other information

Many factors point to a growing need for affordable, emergency and transitional housing:

  • Our population continues to grow rapidly and is aging.
  • We are seeing rising rates of part-time and temporary employment.
  • The cost of rental housing and home ownership continues to rise.
  • Low rental vacancy rates are keeping rental rates high.
  • Land values in Peel are driving up the cost of housing development.
  • We have aging social housing infrastructure: Region of Peel, Peel Housing Corporation (PHC) and other housing providers must keep properties in state of good repair to sustain affordable housing supply into the future.

View our fact sheet on Peel's Affordable Housing Need (pdf)

The shortage of affordable housing has resulted in:

  • Almost 1 in 5 people in Peel live in poverty.
  • About 70% of low-income households and 30% of middle-income households live in housing that is unaffordable.
  • A 1% low vacancy rate has driven up the average monthly residential rent, leaving more people at risk of finding stable housing they can afford or becoming homeless.
  • There were more than 13,500 visits in 2018 to Regionally owned emergency homeless shelters.

We need more affordable housing

2,000 more units a year are needed for our growing population by 2028:

  • 1,000 units a year for low-income households, emergency, transitional, supportive housing.
  • 1,000 units a year for private rental and ownership stock for middle-income households.

Ongoing funding from the provincial and federal governments is the only way we can meet our goal. Continued support from local municipalities, the private and non-profit sectors, agencies and the community is also necessary.

An investment in affordable housing means:

  • cost savings for government and increased quality of life of residents.
  • reduction in social assistance and health care costs.
  • job creation and private investment.
  • improved tax revenues.
  • positive impacts on the health and well-being for the community and individuals.

Our infographic of the centralized wait list (pdf) shows estimated wait times depending on where the applicant requests to live, the size of the family and the number of bedrooms needed.

We have a 10-year plan with 2 goals to address Peel's critical affordable housing needs:

  1. Make affordable housing available for all Peel residents.
  2. Prevent homelessness in Peel.

We have developed several key strategies to address these critical needs. Visit our Peel Housing and Homelessness Plan page for full details.

View our fact sheet on the Peel Housing and Homelessness Plan (pdf)

View our fact sheet on our homelessness supports (pdf)

We help people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless through emergency and transitional shelters, street outreach, funding to prevent eviction, support services and help to find permanent housing.

All people are welcome at our shelters. We do not turn anyone away. Our shelters give anyone in need emergency shelter and support.

We have overflow procedures in place to make sure that anyone who needs shelter receives it.

Even in extreme weather, if a shelter is full, we will find a place.

Our work in 2018

  • 13,519 visits (5,897 clients) to Region-owned shelters (Jan 1. to Sept. 30, 2018)
  • 156 clients in transitional housing (Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, 2018)
  • We provide funding to prevent eviction to help people stay in their homes.

Our shelters

We have 4 shelters that we own, 2 in Brampton and 2 in Mississauga:

  • Wilkinson (for males) and Brampton Queen Street temporary youth shelters are in Brampton.
  • Cawthra (for males and females) and Peel Family shelters are in Mississauga.

In total, our shelters have 245 beds and 60 units that include one or more beds.

Our transitional housing

We have 2 transitional housing shelters:

Peel Youth Village (for youth), Angela's Place (for families) and New Leaf (for singles)

In total, we have 86 transitional beds or units.

Peel's outreach team helps homelessness individuals and find housing:

Street Helpline: 1-877-848-8481

Our mobile team meets people where they are at. We partner with community agencies to help people with basic needs: shelter, housing, mental health and addiction supports and employment readiness.

Home for Good in Peel - supporting vulnerable individuals with housing and services:

  • We placed 69 individuals and families in stable housing in 2018.
  • We work with agencies to permanently house homeless individuals with complex needs.

If you or anyone you know needs emergency shelter, visit our find a shelter page, or contact us at 905-791-7800.

Investment in housing

Net operating: $115.4 million, used for:

  • Housing subsidies.
  • Housing provider subsidy costs.

Gross operating: $171.8 million, made up of:
67% Region of Peel funds; 18% fees & charges; 15% grants & subsidies.

Capital: $4.8 M (2019), used for:

  • Affordable housing development incentives pilot.
  • Technology to make it easier for people to get the services they need to get and keep housing.
  • State of good repair for Region's affordable housing to ensure stock is sustainable into the future.

10-Year capital plan: $510.1 million.

Majority of capital goes toward needed state of good repair.

Investment in homelessness

Net operating: $11.8 million: Used for emergency, transitional housing, eviction prevention services.

Gross operating: $39.3 million: Made up of 63% grants and subsidies; 30% Region; 6% reserve, 1% fees and charges.

Capital: $14.2 million (2019), used for: Permanent youth shelter, Brampton.

10-Year capital plan: $17.6 million.

View 2019 Budget Fact Sheet (pdf).