The Regional Municipality of Durham


Public Service Announcement

Second annual update on comprehensive housing plan now available

WHITBY, ON June 30, 2016

The Regional Municipality of Durham released the 2016 Annual Report for At Home in Durham, the Durham Housing Plan 2014-2024. At Home in Durham is a comprehensive 10-year plan to address housing and homelessness in our region, and focuses on four key goals: End Homelessness in Durham, Affordable Housing for Everyone, Greater Housing Choice, and Strong and Vibrant Neighbourhoods.

The second in a series of updates, the 2016 Annual Report provides a qualitative measure of the progress to date with respect to the anticipated outcomes. It highlights activities during the past year, and notes a number of future initiatives to help further the progress of At Home in Durham. Key outcomes include: there were zero chronically homeless people in Durham in 2015; the number of households using emergency shelter services has decreased since 2014; more than 600 low-income households were provided with temporary rental assistance; a significant increase in the amount of rental housing being constructed, with 605 new rental units created in 2015 (as compared to 110 units created in 2014); and funding for renewable energy projects helped to reduce utility costs in the social housing portfolio.

WHERE:

To access the 2016 Annual Report, a copy of the previous annual report, and At Home in Durham, the Durham Housing Plan 2014-2024, please visit www.durham.ca/housingreview. Printed copies of these reports are also available upon request by calling the Housing Services Division at 905-668-7711 (or toll-free at 1-800-372-1102).

WHY:

In accordance with the Housing Services Act, 2011, a report will be issued annually to the public, and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to outline the progress of the plan in achieving the four goals. In addition, a full review of the plan, including public consultations, will be conducted in 2019.

NOTE:

Durham Regional Council approved the At Home in Durham, the Durham Housing Plan 2014-2024 in June 2014, following extensive community consultation.

The 2016 Annual Report was prepared by an Inter-departmental Steering Committee consisting of staff from a number of Regional departments, including Finance, Health, Planning and Economic Development, Social Services and Works, as well as the Office of the Regional Chair and Chief Administrative Officer. This committee was established to implement, monitor, and report on the progress of At Home in Durham.

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