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Affordable and Seniors' Housing Task Force

Durham Regional Council established an Affordable and Seniors' Housing Task Force to review information related to the Region's current rental housing supply, consider the input of industry experts, facilitate public information sharing, and explore best practices being used by other municipalities and organizations.

You can learn more about its goals, mandate and activities by accessing the Affordable and Seniors' Housing Task Force Terms of Reference.

Read the Task Force report: Championing Affordable Rental and Seniors' Housing Across Durham Region

Championing Affordable Rental and Seniors' Housing Across Durham Region

The Task Force identified a number of strategies and actions to address the need for more affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income households, and the need for more housing choices for seniors.

The Championing Affordable Rental and Seniors' Housing Across Durham Region report provides a six-point plan of action:

  • Lead by example by ensuring that the Region is strategic, proactive and anticipatory, and is ready to champion affordable rental and seniors' housing.
  • Overcome the barriers that are preventing affordable rental and seniors' housing by reducing risks, increasing certainty and offsetting costs.
  • Partner and build support for affordable housing through improved education, communication, outreach and awareness, and by supporting partners who are in the business of creating and maintaining affordable rental and/or seniors' housing in Durham Region.
  • Showcase best practices and share information to build Durham Region's reputation as an affordable housing and seniors' housing exemplar, fit for imitation by others.
  • Advocate responsibly to senior levels of government for affordable and suitable housing that meets the needs of all.
  • Monitor progress and report on results to ensure that objectives are being met and that success is being realized through on-the-ground action.

Report cover for Championing Affordable Rental and Seniors' Housing Across Durham RegionThe six-point plan of action sets the stage for 34 recommendations that focus on a full spectrum of solutions, including policy, regulatory, educational, communications, outreach, partnership development, advocacy and reporting efforts.

This report builds on the Durham Region Strategic Plan 2015-2019, Regional Official Plan, and At Home in Durham, the Durham Housing Plan 2014-2024 to support the creation and maintenance of affordable rental and seniors' housing.

Membership

The Task Force met monthly from December 2016 to June 2017. Members of the Affordable and Seniors' Housing Task Force are:

  • Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer
  • Bob Chapman, Chair of the Finance & Administration Committee and City of Oshawa Regional Councillor
  • David Pickles, Chair of Health & Social Services Committee and City of Pickering Regional Councillor
  • Colleen Jordan, Town of Ajax Regional Councillor
  • John Grant, Township of Brock Mayor
  • Adrian Foster, Municipality of Clarington Mayor
  • Dan Carter, City of Oshawa Regional Councillor
  • Dave Ryan, City of Pickering Mayor
  • Bobbie Drew, Township of Scugog Regional Councillor
  • Jack Ballinger, Township of Uxbridge Regional Councillor
  • Elizabeth Roy, Town of Whitby Regional Councillor

An inter-departmental staff group led by the Region's Social Services Department supported the work of the Task Force.

Additional information

Affordable, accessible and suitable housing is essential for healthy communities, and strong and vibrant neighbourhoods. On March 14, 2016, the Government of Ontario released an update to Ontario's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy (first introduced in November 2010). This update provides a framework to support the review of opportunities related to the supply of affordable rental and seniors' housing across Durham Region.

Next steps

The next step includes the development of a work plan and related implementation plan, to outline key actions, measurements and anticipated timelines.