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York Region taking actions to address affordable housing



Housing affordability remains a priority for Regional Council

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York continues to make progress implementing the actions identified in Housing Solutions; A place for everyone, York Region’s 10-year housing plan.

“Creating complete communities where everyone can thrive involves having a wide range of housing choices that keep residents connected to employment, transportation and their community,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “I am proud of the progress made towards building a more inclusive community for the residents of York Region and look forward to continuing to work with our partners as we move towards achieving our goal of safe and affordable housing for all.”

The Region’s 10-year housing plan includes four goals: increase the supply of rental housing, sustain the existing rental supply, support home ownership and strengthen the homelessness and housing stability system. Most of the actions identified in the plan are complete or currently underway.

Highlights of the 2017 progress include:

  • Developing two new Housing York buildings (in the City of Vaughan and the City of Markham); when complete they will provide more than 420 units of affordable rental options for individuals, families and seniors
  • Working with local municipal partners to examine options for encouraging purpose-built rental housing for mid-range income households
  • Approved the Home Now Program, which supports residents experiencing chronic homelessness to find permanent housing and receive individualized supports to remain housed

“As the income gap expands and the cost of living rises, residents of York Region are experiencing an increase in housing insecurity,” said Town of Newmarket Regional Councilor John Taylor, Chair of Community and Health Services. “More middle-income families are finding themselves in tough situations and it is important the Region continues to take steps to ensure everyone has a safe place to call home.”

York Region is initiating a five-year review of the Housing Plan, including an updated assessment of the Region’s current and future housing needs and consultations with stakeholders and community partners. An updated Housing Plan will be brought forward to Regional Council in 2019.

York Region is also updating the York Region Affordable Housing Measuring and Monitoring guidelines to ensure the approach to measuring and monitoring the supply of affordable housing better reflects affordability conditions across the Region.

The Region is working with developers to create more mid-range affordable housing as outlined in the Draft Rental Housing Incentives Guideline and Community Improvement Plan. One such initiative for developers includes a 48-month deferral for Regional development application fees for purpose-built rentals.

With rental units in high demand with low supply, the Region will continue to look to federal and provincial government funding initiatives like the National Housing Strategy and Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan for additional support.

For more information on York Region’s housing programs, visit york.ca/housing

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 and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices

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Media Contact:
Catherine Vettese, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone:  1-877-464-9675  ext. 71233 or Cell: 905-251-6413
Email: catherine.vettese@york.ca


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