There are currently over 10,000 families on the waiting list for affordable housing and 7500 people staying in emergency shelters. Despite this, our city continues to approve bloated developments with no requirements for affordable housing. With the right plan, we can take action on homelessness and make a difference for these 10,000 families.

Housing

  • Create more affordable housing: enforce aggressive inclusionary zoning and quotas
  • Support community land trusts and create better public-private partnerships
  • Protect existing stock: Put in place a system to calculate how many affordable rentals our city loses every year to replenish stock faster and limit wait time
  • Negotiate affordable housing with developers (height-for-units trades, for example)
  • Tax oversized developments that don’t incorporate affordable housing units, use revenue to subsidize affordable rentals
  • Mandate and enforce the building of affordable housing along transit hubs, such as the LRT route
  • Negotiate Community Benefit Agreements with developers mandating the hiring of local people so our community can benefit from construction jobs
  • Rebuild our city’s land assets: these public assets have been relentlessly sold off over the past years and it’s imperative to start land-banking now, reserving lots to build mixed-income and affordable housing
  • Focus on developing partnerships with organizations that are experts in  mixed-income housing delivery models, like Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC)
  • Institute Landlord Licensing to better control negligent landlords, bunkhouses and Airbnb rentals

Homelessness

  • Change how the city spends funds: fund housing directly (Housing First approach), it’s more efficient and cost-effective than funding the shelter system
  • Focus on the chronically homeless: design programs in collaboration with shelters that help them transition into permanent housing
  • Improve funding for and access to mental health, trauma and addiction services
  • More funding for day programming
  • Explore the concept of specialized “Employment Shelters” similar New York City’s, with built-in programming specific to those who are homeless due to job loss
  • Better services for homeless women
  • Work to develop a plan that addresses homelessness regionally, including the Gatineau area
  • Work to provide innovative solutions to shelters during times of overcrowding, such as mobile shower trucks to people stay clean
  • Create a rent-bank program: provides micro-loans to people facing eviction due to short-term money problems, help them make rent and stay out of the shelter system

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