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York Region tackling housing actions to provide a place for everyone

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York 10-Year Housing Plan 2016 Progress Report shows continued progress toward building complete communities and housing options for all.

“Ongoing achievements under the Housing Plan underscore York Regional Council’s commitment to preventing homelessness and supporting our renters and homeowners,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Through tackling 45 of the 49 Housing Plan actions over the last three years, we are making gains to strengthen and support a robust housing system in York Region.”

Actions under the Housing Plan are based on four goals to increase the supply of rental housing, sustain the existing rental supply, support home ownership and reduce homelessness. Accomplishments highlighted in the 2016 progress report include:

  • Opening the Richmond Hill Hub, offering 202 new rental units to families, singles and seniors, as well as the Youth Hub, providing support programs and services, 14 emergency and 11 transitional beds 
  • Applying approximately $5.9 million in federal and provincial repair funding to support 34 housing providers with projects such as window and roof replacements, kitchen and bathroom replacement and heating system energy efficient upgrades 
  • Providing more options to applicants to apply for subsidized housing and update applications through the York Region Access York contact centre
  • Forming the York Region Local Municipal Housing Working Group to begin to address housing supply and affordability issues 
  • Connecting homeless and at-risk women living at Belinda’s Place to services and supports, including 81 women to drop-in services and 228 women to emergency or transitional housing 

“Housing is a basic need and an important connection between individual and community,” said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, Chair of Community and Health Services. “A wide variety of affordable and available housing options is needed to keep residents connected to employment and the local economy throughout all ages and stages of life.”

Since 2014, York Region has addressed the growing and diverse housing needs of residents and workers under the 10-Year Housing Plan Housing Solutions: A place for everyone.  Although housing affordability and lack of rental supply in the Region remain a challenge, collaboration and partnerships from all levels of government and community partners are enabling the Region to move forward to meet housing goals. 

York Regional Council approved the Region’s first 10-Year Housing Plan in June 2014. Staff will continue to provide an annual progress report on actions set out in the plan.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents, 50,000 businesses and 595,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


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