Having a safe place to live, no matter what your age or stage in life, is a key factor in our health, happiness, employment and overall sense of belonging to a community. With the mandate for Halton to grow to 780,000 by 2031, there is also a need to ensure that a mix of housing is available and affordable for all income levels.
In order to support this growth, Comprehensive Housing Strategy (CHS) Update 2014-2024 was developed to build a healthy and inclusive Halton community with a range of housing options to meet the needs of all incomes and stages of life.
With one of the lowest unemployment rates and one of the highest standards of living, Halton Region is committed to being a leader in ensuring our communities’ needs are met and ensuring that people who need support in our community can get it. We currently invest $26 million every year to provide assisted housing options for low income residents and since 2008, we’ve created close to 1,000 new government-assisted housing opportunities.
This summer, the Governments of Canada and Ontario announced an extension to the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) agreement. This is great news, especially since Halton Region was allocated over $2.2 million for the program’s first year. In December, we received a letter from the Province communicating additional IAH funding of $18.6M through to 2020.
This year, we’ll be investing most of this funding to enhance the new Halton In-situ Program (HIP) which helps people who are currently on the waitlist for government-assisted housing. This program provides immediate and ongoing funding to supplement the rent where they currently live, helping people remain in their community. Halton residents that receive HIP assistance are then removed from the Halton Access to Community Housing (HATCH) waitlist.
We will also use the Region’s own funding and leverage funding made available from senior levels of government to create new housing opportunities.
Working with our government partners and remaining committed to people across the region, no matter what their age or stage in life, will ensure Halton is a great place to live today, tomorrow and in the future.