The Importance of Partnerships to Create Real and Affordable Housing Solutions

Halton Region recognizes that the provision of safe, affordable, accessible housing is a critical component of fostering healthy communities.  In order to meet the needs of Halton residents, long-term, predictable, sustainable funding for affordable and assisted housing is required from other levels of government.

Halton Region invests $26 million annually to provide assisted housing options for low income residents.  Since 2006, we have invested $19 million in partnership with the Federal and Provincial Governments and have built 265 new housing units in Halton.  The joint funding that made this possible is welcomed, but funding is often time limited and unpredictable, making it difficult for Halton Region to plan ahead.

In 2013, Regional Council approved an update to our Comprehensive Housing Strategy which is now our 10 year Plan on Housing and Homelessness as required by the Provincial Housing Services Act, 2011.  Our ability to implement various aspects of the plan without significant impact to taxpayers in Halton is contingent on a commitment from other levels of government for long-term, predictable and sustainable funding.

As with other challenges facing Halton, we want to ensure that the right amount of funding is in place so we can meet the needs of our growing community.  Halton Region recently launched a new service called Halton Housing Help.  This service connects residents to housing supports available in Halton.  You can access Halton Housing Help support online, by phone (dial 311) and in-person for more complex housing needs (appointments must be booked in advance by dialing 311).

Housing is a joint responsibility and we have been advocating to other levels of government for funding and partnerships to create affordable housing solutions that meet the needs of our community.  Halton Region has created a series of position papers that highlight our advocacy efforts on behalf of Halton residents.  Learn more about our Advocating for a Strong Halton campaign.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”