Creating and maintaining affordable housing is one of the City of Toronto's key priorities. The Affordable Housing Office expedites affordable housing development, facilitates the development of new policy and works in partnership with the federal and provincial governments and the private and voluntary sectors on a range of initiatives. City Council established the Affordable Housing Office and the Affordable Housing Committee in 2005.
City Council has given the green light for an innovative plan to develop 80 affordable rental homes within a market condominium building on Toronto's waterfront. The Bayside development integrates affordable housing with market residential housing and retail space and contributes to the creation of a mixed community in the emerging East Bayfront neighbourhood.
The development, expected to be completed in 2018-2019, is the result of a partnership between the City of Toronto, Waterfront Toronto, developers Hines/Tridel and Artscape, which will lease the homes from the City and operate them.
City Council has approved the creation of Toronto's first affordable housing for young women who are victims of human trafficking.Toronto has been identified as one of the principle destinations or transit points for individuals, mostly women and children, who have been trafficked, according to a City report.
Planning a community event this summer? Make the Close the Housing Gap campaign part of it. We can provide buttons, posters, brochures and petitions or set up the campaign booth at your event. Contact us at email@example.com.
As well, the 2014 campaign will spread its message through posters in bus shelters across Toronto and adjacent to Parliament Hill. A number of other actions are also planned.
The City and Toronto Community Housing launched the campaign to persuade the federal and provincial governments to continue funding social housing at existing levels and provide new, long-term funding for social housing capital repairs and new affordable housing.
To apply for social housing, please contact Housing Connections at 416-981-6111. As well, 211 Toronto.ca offers a range of organizations dedicated to helping families and individuals find the housing they need at a price they can afford.
Note: Due to high interest, the Toronto Renovates Homeowners Program has now reached its current funding limit. The City of Toronto is working with the federal and provincial governments to secure new funding. Toronto Renovates operates on an open, first-come, first-served basis and will continue to accept the Assessment Request, available below. Applicants will be notified should new funding be made available.
The Toronto Renovates program offers federal/provincial funding for lower-income seniors and people with a disability who wish to make health and safety repairs or accessibility modifications to their homes.
Toronto City Council has adopted three reports, including an unprecedented funding arrangement, that will support Toronto Community Housing's ongoing transformation into a landlord of excellence.
Details of affordable rental and ownership homes under construction or recently completed in Toronto.
City Council is allocating $103 million under the federal/provincial Investment in Affordable Housing program.
Non-profit housing developers can qualify for exemptions from the City of Toronto's planning application and development fees. In this way, the City helps make new affordable rental housing even more affordable.
The City of Toronto works with a number of groups that provide affordable home ownership opportunities.
A number of City Divisions offer assistance for residents coping with poverty, inadequate or unaffordable housing and homelessness. More information can be found in this handy list: City Divisions (PDF).
Low-income homeowners seeking assistance for health and safety repairs can access a variety of government, non-profit and private sector programs for assistance. The City of Toronto has prepared a brochure about these programs, please view Assistance for Lower-Income Homeowners (PDF).
This committee oversees Affordable Housing Office activities, which include directing federal/ provincial investments in affordable housing in partnership with private and non-profit developers.