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Increase Affordable Housing

Desired outcome: Reduced time to placement for Victims of Family Violence and choice-based applicants.

Measurement: Length of time to placement by segment (Victims of Family Violence and choice-based applicants)

Importance

An increasing number of households (families, individuals) in Peel are facing challenges with affordable housing due to rapid demographic and economic changes. This has caused a growing number of people to apply for subsidized housing through the Centralized Housing Wait List and increasingly long waits for housing. As the Service System Manager for housing in Peel, the Region is addressing this gap by focusing on reducing the time applicants spend on the Centralized Housing Wait List. The focus on the Centralized Housing Wait List has highlighted the challenges people experience with this approach to service delivery and the need to explore new options to support Peel residents.

Over the last four years, we:

1 The choice-based rent supplement program allows applicants to be given a subsidy in a rental unit of their choice that meets specific guidelines, with an eligible landlord willing to participate, instead of waiting for turnover of current housing stock.

2 The choice-based rent supplement program was implemented in August 2017 and was placed on hold after August 2018 due to resourcing issues for housing services transition.