Region of Peel Recognizes National Housing Day
BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 22, 2017) – On November 22, 2017, the Region of Peel recognizes National Housing Day. It is a day to recognize the need for affordable housing as well as the contributions of citizens, organizations and staff within the housing sector to increase affordable housing options. Communities across Canada acknowledge that housing is a human right and that affordable housing is essential to a community’s prosperity and well-being.
Throughout the week, follow on Twitter (@regionofpeel and #PeelHousingMatters), as the Region will recognize that together, community agencies, housing providers in Peel and staff at the Region of Peel have made great strides in the past few years to increase affordable housing options for residents.
“By working together to address fundamental housing needs in a variety of ways, we can help create a solid foundation for more residents to be able to find and keep housing, secure employment, raise their families and strengthen our entire community,” Martin Medeiros, Region of Peel Councillor and Human Services Section Chair.
The Region continues to experience rapid population growth, ongoing fiscal constraints and significant diversity. Between 2011 and 2016, the Region’s population grew by 84,925 residents. As a result, demand for services and the need for affordable housing continue to be a challenge.
In collaboration with community partners, area municipalities and the provincial and federal governments, the Region continues to make investments to increase affordable housing for Peel residents as almost one in five (17%) families and individuals live in poverty in Peel:
- In 2013, the community created a 10-year plan – the Peel Housing and Homelessness Plan, with a vision that everyone has a home and homelessness is eliminated.
- 12 cents of every dollar of the Region’s tax levy goes to increasing affordable housing and reducing homelessness
- Currently, the Region of Peel provides 11,380 housing subsidies to families in need (RGI and Rent Supplements combined). 7,935 of those are households in affordable rental apartments and townhouses owned by Peel Living (a housing provider owned by the Region of Peel)
- 14,861 individuals received assistance through Regional shelters; 163 were assisted through Transitional Housing at Peel Youth Village, Angela’s Place, and New Leaf; 593 youth were served in our emergency shelters between January and September 2017
- Over 350 affordable housing units are under, or soon to be under construction; some of which will be available for 2018
The Region will continue to work collaboratively with other governments and the community to find solutions to increase affordable housing and reduce poverty in Peel. For more information on Peel’s affordable housing initiatives, visit peelregion.ca/housing/.
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected community for life for more than 1.4 million people and approximately 143,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel’s services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.