Close the Housing Gap campaign
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.
By acting on recommendations in Putting People First – Transforming Toronto Community Housing, plans are now in place to generate $156 million in revenue to help pay for capital repairs. And there's more revenue to come.
Revenue which is being used to repair heating and cooling systems, roofs and elevators in Toronto Community Housing buildings. But there is still a housing 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.
Federal contributions to social housing are declining across the country. In 2012, the City received approximately $161.3 million from Ottawa. However, by 2017, that will decline by $33.4 million and reach zero by 2031.
Just to fill the $33.4-million gap alone would require raising property taxes by an estimated 1.4%.
We need a renewed federal/provincial partnership with adequate funding to repair and create social housing. Funding that is available for the long term — not just a few years at a time.
That's why we've launched the Close the Housing Gap 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.
Here's what you can do to make your voice heard:
- Organize Close the Housing Gap events in your area
- Put up Close the Housing Gap posters
- Distribute, fill out and mail in campaign postcards
- Distribute and wear campaign buttons
- Tell federal and provincial politicians to Close the Housing Gap
Cochair Councillor Ana Bailão discusses importance of Close the Housing Gap campaign
Closing the Housing Gap - Latest News Releases
November 20, 2013
October 28, 2013
Close the Housing Gap Petition
- Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Toronto Central Council
- Dixon Neighbourhood Homes
- Pensioners Concerned Inc.- Ontario Division
- Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto
- United Way Toronto
- The Wellesley Institute
- Federation of Canadian Municipalities
- Canadian Housing and Renewal Association
- Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
- YWCA Toronto
- Complete list
Close the Housing Gap campaign calls for:
- the federal government to stop withdrawing money for social housing and instead reinvest that money back into social housing capital repairs;
- the provincial government to treat social housing providers fairly when paying social assistance rent rates, and
- the federal and provincial governments to provide fully-funded, long-term housing strategies.