Peel Living: Building Communities and Strengthening Futures
BRAMPTON, ON. (June 23, 2011) - At the Annual General Meeting of the Peel Housing Corporation (Peel Living) at Regional Council today, the release of the 2010 Annual Report highlighted the corporation’s dual role of building communities through housing and strengthening futures through provision of supports.
"For many residents I speak to, when they move into a Peel Living building, it’s more than just a home – it's a new beginning," said President of Peel Living and Regional Councillor Paul Palleschi. "Aside from providing a place to live, we also invest in services and programs that reinforce community values so that our tenants feel like they’re a part of a strong neighbourhood and connected to the broader community."
Maintaining, advocating and creating more affordable housing for residents has always been the cornerstone of Peel Living's mandate. In recent years, the growing needs of the community have led to new partnerships to offer community programs to Peel Living's children, youth and seniors. Family literacy programs, neighbourhood capacity supports and events, and community plantings promote tenant engagement and contribute to the strength of each Peel Living community.
At Regional Council, the new General Manager of Peel Living, Mwarigha M.S., spoke to the evolution of affordable housing in the province, where funding programs from senior levels of governments will be expiring. While this may change the business of affordable housing, it is also an opportunity to enhance Peel Living's social housing mandate.
"Budgets are tightening across all levels of government and as a Board we need to ask ourselves, 'What can we do better?' said Vice President of Peel Living and Regional Councillor Pat Mullin. "We are accountable to taxpayers and I take great pride in our track record of fiscal responsibility."
To view the 2010 Peel Living Annual Report, visit www.peelregion.ca/housing/peel-living/corporate.
Peel Living is the Region of Peel's non-profit housing company. Also known as Peel Housing Corporation, it operates as an independent corporation of the Region of Peel and is administered by the Region's Human Services department. It is the largest landlord in the Region of Peel and one in a group of Canada's large providers, offering housing for over seven thousand households. Peel Living also works with various community agencies that provide support services to residents in over 300 units that enable them to live independently.
For more information on housing programs, visit www.peelregion.ca/housing or call 905-791-7800.