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RSS FeedsProvince pledges $1 billion for social housing, plans to restrict access to wait-lists
(The Star Health)


17 april 2019 17:58:35

Province pledges $1 billion for social housing, plans to restrict access to wait-lists
(The Star Health)

Ontario has pledged to invest $1 billion to help repair social housing and reduce homelessness and plans to propose new rules restricting access to housing wait-lists, including a cap on how much potential tenants can be worth financially, as part of a community housing renewal strategy released Wednesday. “Our government believes Ontario families shouldn’t have to live in buildings with crumbling walls, leaking roofs and broken elevators,” said Steve Clark, minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in a news release. “We will work with municipalities and non-profits to address issues like safety, overcrowding and long wait lists.”High on the list of stated priorities is reducing the wait-list for subsidized housing by having prospective tenants “prioritize their first choice and accept the first unit they are offered.” Housing providers will also be empowered to “turn away tenants” who have been evicted for criminal activity. “We are proposing to amend regulations to give community housing providers the authority to refuse to re-house a tenant based on a previous eviction for a serious criminal offence. This change is in response to concerns raised by service managers and aims to reduce crime and gang-related violence in community housing so that all residents feel safer in their home,” the report states. The ministry is accepting feedback on the community safety piece — part of proposed amendments to the Housing Services Act. — until July 1. The announcement, made in Newmarket, also pledges to tackle red tape and ensure faster repairs on existing housing stock. Existing rent-geared-to-income rules will also be overhauled using “ a simple calculation based on income tax information.”“We will explore how to transform the current waiting list system for rent-geared-to-income assistance into a comprehensive community housing access system that better matches applicants ...
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