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.
Planning a community event? 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 Nicole Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-392-4223.
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.
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.
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 and market residential housing and retail space. It 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.
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.
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.
Landmark research findings from the Mental Health Commission of Canada demonstrate the effectiveness of the ‘Housing First’ approach in ending homelessness amongst people with mental illness.
The City of Toronto has approved eight proposals to upgrade transitional and supportive housing facilities following an RFP in June, 2014.
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.
Note: The Toronto Renovates Homeowners Program has more than 700 Assessment Requests that have been processed or are waiting to be processed. This represents more than two years' worth of clients, based on current staffing and anticipated funding –and the program is oversubscribed.
In order to avoid a longer waiting time, the Affordable Housing Office will temporarily suspend accepting Toronto Renovates Assessment Requests as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
Assessment Requests that were provided to people up to September 30 will continue to be accepted. Those submitting Assessment Requests will be advised by letter as to when they can expect their forms to be processed.
A brochure listing other sources of potential funding for home repairs is available here.
It is anticipated that the program will again begin accepting Assessment Requests in 2016, once current clients have been served.
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.
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:
Toronto Community Housing and the Daniels Corporation at 416-955-0559.
Options for Homes at 416-867-1501 or www.optionsforhomes.ca/
Neighbourhood Concepts at 416-461-4663 or neighbourhoodconcepts.ca/selling
Habitat for Humanity Toronto at 416-755-7353 ext. 490 or www.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 www.mbdc.ca/housing_loans.html
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.
This committee oversees Affordable Housing Office activities, which include directing federal/ provincial investments in affordable housing in partnership with private and non-profit developers.