What are the issues?
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Affordable Housing – Housing Affordability, Availability and Repair
Toronto is a successful and prosperous city, and yet many low-to-moderate income Torontonians have increasingly limited access to safe, stable and affordable housing. Governments are challenged to provide sufficient investments to create new affordable housing opportunities. As the City prepares its housing strategy for the next ten years (2020-2030), an opportunity exists to focus government, non-profit and private resources to deliver innovative solutions with greater impact on addressing the City’s growing affordable housing needs.
Toronto Community Housing: Tenants First
Social housing is a vital component of the City’s efforts to mitigate the effects of poverty. An adequately funded social housing system with a well-functioning service delivery model is critical to this work.
In 2016, the Mayor’s Taskforce on Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) found that TCHC is an unsustainable organization, both financially and socially and from an operating and governance perspective. Because of a changing government funding landscape and significant turnover in leadership, TCHC continues to present critical high-risk issues needing urgent attention.
Pressures on Toronto’s Shelter, Housing and Homelessness System
Over the last two years, and in response to recent pressures on the homelessness service system, the City’s Shelter, Support and Housing Administration Division (SSHA) has substantially increased service capacity and initiated key improvements to service quality and responsiveness. Over the past 6 months, significant efforts have been made to respond to the immediate needs of vulnerable people seeking emergency shelter. Despite these efforts, demand for services continues to rise, driven by low rental vacancy rates, scarcity of affordable housing, and increasing numbers of refugee/asylum claimants in Toronto.
Inclusionary Zoning – Securing Affordable Housing in Toronto
In April 2018, the Province of Ontario adopted an inclusionary zoning regulation. The regulation allows the City to introduce planning requirements for the inclusion of affordable housing in new residential developments. This represents an important step forward in addressing Toronto’s affordable housing needs.
Before Council can consider an inclusionary zoning policy, City staff must complete key background work, including preparing a demographic and housing needs analysis, financial impact assessment, undertaking public consultations, and drafting Official Plan policies.
Seniors Long-Term Care
Toronto has an aging population. There are now more people older than 65 than children under 15 years old. An aging demographic does not automatically mean ill health or disability, but the risk to both does increase as people age, which means more demand for a long-term care system and the need for increased capacity to provide quality care and service. While seniors are not the only driver of demand for long-term care, they are the largest segment and changes to their population will affect the future of long-term care homes.
Within the city, 52 different organizations operate 84 long-term care homes with 15,222 beds. The City’s Long-Term Care Homes (LTCH) Division operated the City’s long-term care homes under provincial legislation and directly operates 10 long-term care homes with 2,641 beds. The homes have a diverse resident population (66 countries of origin, 31 languages) and complex care requirements (64 per cent of residents have some form of dementia). The City’s directly operated long-term care bed inventory has remained unchanged since 1993 and is not keeping pace with demand.