The City of Toronto has awarded $21.5 million in Multi-Unit Residential Acquisition (MURA) program funding to five non-profit housing agencies. The funding will enable the purchase and conversion of approximately 121 private market rental housing units to permanently affordable rental homes.
By working with non-profit agencies to purchase market rental buildings through the MURA program, the City can quickly secure affordable rental housing. Since its 2021 launch, MURA has funded not-for-profit agencies to secure approximately 261 permanently affordable homes in neighbourhoods across Toronto.
The City continues to build new affordable housing as quickly as possible. This work is being done in tandem with purchasing and securing existing rental housing buildings as long-term, non-profit affordable housing. There are five additional approved, but unfunded proposals. With investment of $22.4 million from other orders of government, as well as philanthropists, the City could advance these acquisitions, securing approximately 129 more permanently affordable rental homes.
The MURA program provides funding to not-for-profit housing providers to preserve existing affordable rental housing stock for Toronto residents. In doing so, MURA contributes towards achieving the City’s target of approving 40,000 affordable rental homes, including 18,000 supportive homes, by 2030, which helps increase housing stability for Toronto residents.
Twenty per cent of MURA homes will be tenanted by households on the City’s Centralized Waiting List for Rent-Geared-to-Income housing, which will be provided with monthly housing benefits.
To further Toronto’s commitment to truth, reconciliation and justice, a minimum of 20 per cent of the annual MURA funding allocation is dedicated to supporting acquisitions by Indigenous housing organizations for Indigenous peoples. Two of the five non-profit housing agencies awarded 2023 MURA funding are Indigenous, with proposals representing 33 homes. To date, 30 per cent of MURA’s funding has been allocated to support the acquisition of 45 affordable rental homes by Indigenous housing groups.
“Renters are feeling insecure. Evictions, renovictions and skyrocketing rents make it harder for people to find and stay in housing they can afford. It is more challenging than ever to be a renter in Toronto. I’ve committed to expanding the MURA program to $100 million to secure over 600 more affordable homes for people each year. To help make it a reality, I’m calling on partnership from other levels of government. By helping non-profits, land trusts and co-ops acquire homes, we can keep them affordable forever and give people more opportunities to find housing they can afford.”
– Mayor Olivia Chow
“I am delighted that the City of Toronto has awarded Multi-Unit Residential Acquisition program funding to not-for-profit partners who are working to secure affordable housing for Toronto residents. The partnership and support of all orders of government and not-for-profit partners is what we need to improve access to affordable housing in Toronto. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of many people who are struggling to find a safe and decent place to call home.”
– Councillor Gord Perks (Parkdale-High Park), Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee
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