Creating and maintaining affordable housing is a key City of Toronto priority. The Affordable Housing Office expedites affordable housing development, facilitates policy development and partners with the federal and provincial governments and the private and non-profit sectors on a range of initiatives.
Federal candidates in Toronto are being asked by the City's Close the Housing Gap campaign to urge the federal government step up, not back, when it comes to investing in social, affordable and co-op housing. Conservative, New Democrat, Liberal and Green candidates in Toronto's 25 federal ridings have been sent questionnaires and asked to respond by September 30th. Responses will be made public and posted on the Close the Housing Gap website.
The City of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing are working hard to put people first by fixing social housing. And the work is paying off.
City Council has approved an unprecedented investment of $864 million over 10 years.That's equal to one-third of the $2.6 billion in additional capital repairs Toronto Community Housing faces in the next decade.
But there is still a funding gap. The City and Toronto Community Housing cannot fill the gap on their own. More provincial and federal government funding is required - because raising property taxes is not the answer.
That's why we've launched the Close the Housing Gap campaign
Close the Housing Gap 2015 is off to a rousing start following a campaign rally that overflowed City Hall Council Chambers. Councillor Ana Bailão describes this exciting event and other 2015 activities and how you can get involved.
Repairing Toronto Community Housing buildings and revitalizing TCHC communities will create 220,000 employment years of new jobs, spur some $5 billion in private investment and generate $4.5 billion in federal and provincial taxes, says a new study prepared by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis.
The living conditions of some 480 lower-income residents will be improved following City of Toronto approval of funding for repairs and upgrades to 26 rooming houses. Some $5 million from the federal/provincial Investment in Affordable Housing program has been approved for 26 rooming house owners. Work is expected to begin towards the end of 2015.
Preserving, repairing and developing licensed/legal rooming houses are priorities under the City's 10-year housing plan, Housing Opportunities Toronto.
Toronto City Council adopted Housing Opportunities Toronto, An Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020 (HOT) in 2009. This Progress Report reviews housing initiatives and activities undertaken by the City to help achieve HOT's goals.
The official opening of new affordable rental homes for low and moderate-income seniors and families in Toronto has been celebrated. The West Don Lands development received nearly $25 million from the federal and provincial governments and some $7.5 million from the City of Toronto.
Details of affordable rental and ownership homes under construction or recently completed.
City Council has allocated $197.1 million over the next five years under the federal/provincial Investment in Affordable Housing Extension program.
Note: In the fall of 2014, the Toronto Renovates Homeowners Program had more than 700 Assessment Requests processed or waiting to be processed. Due to this oversubscription and to avoid a long waiting time, the Affordable Housing Office temporarily suspended accepting Assessment Requests on September 30, 2014.
It is anticipated that the program will again begin accepting Assessment Requests before the end of 2015, once current clients have been served. A brochure listing other sources of potential funding for home repairs is available here.
The Toronto Renovates Homeowners 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.
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. Please contact our community partners directly to learn what assistance they can offer:
Canary District Condominiums - MyHome Program at 416-603-7576 or canarydistrictmyhome.com
Toronto Community Housing and the Daniels Corporation at 416-955-0559 or danielsoneparkplace.com
Options for Homes at 416-867-1501 or optionsforhomes.ca
Habitat for Humanity Toronto at 416-755-7353 ext. 490 or torontohabitat.ca/apply-for-a-home/information-session-dates.html
Aboriginal purchasers should also contact the Miziwe Biik Development Corporation at 416-640-4688, 416-640-4688 or mbdc.ca/housing_loans.html