At Home in Durham, the Durham Housing Plan 2014-2024
At Home in Durham, the Durham Housing Plan 2014-2024, is an extension of the Region’s commitment to affordable housing, as set out in Growing Together, the Durham Region Strategic Plan 2009-2014 and the Regional Official Plan. It is an integrated housing plan that lays out the Region’s vision for housing during the next 10 years. The plan aligns this vision with the requirement for a housing and homelessness plan under the Housing Services Act, and the housing strategy required under the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. For the full version of the plan, click here.
The four goals of At Home in Durham are:
At Home in Durham will address the challenges and opportunities in providing suitable and affordable housing options that meet the needs of all of Durham's current and future residents. The plan sets out the Region's direction for housing, including an assessment of current and future housing needs; goals related to the identified needs; and realistic actions to meet the diverse range of these needs. It provides a description of anticipated outcomes, and how progress is to be measured as Durham Region works to implement its plan.
2016 Annual Progress Report
The Region is already making progress toward the achievement of the goals of At Home in Durham. The 2016 Annual Report highlights activities over the past year and provides qualitative measures of the progress to date with respect to the anticipated outcomes that will contribute to the success of At Home in Durham. It identifies a number of indicators that inform these qualitative measures. Notably:
- There were zero chronically homeless people in Durham in 2015.
- We are seeing a decrease in the number of households using emergency shelter services.
- More than 600 low income households were provided with temporary assistance with their rent.
- More rental housing is under construction with 605 new rental units created in 2015, up from 110 in 2014.
- Funding for renewable energy projects has helped to reduce utility costs in the social housing portfolio.
Read the full 2016 Annual Report here:
Read the 2015 Annual Report here: