The Conservative government has announced plans to spend more than $1 billion in 2019/20 to overhaul community housing across the province.
According to a press release from area MPP Laurie Scott, the government’s Community Housing Renewal Strategy outlines a plan to “transform a fragmented and inefficient system into one that is more streamlined, sustainable and ready to help people who need it most.”
“Community housing should provide safe and comfortable housing for lower-income seniors and families. Our government’s investments will help ensure that our most vulnerable have improved access to safe, affordable housing,” Scott said.
“We will continue work with Kawartha Lakes Haliburton Housing Corp. and community housing providers across the province to address issues like safety, overcrowding and long wait lists.”
Some of the measures include:
– Encouraging tenants to seek opportunities at school and work by removing existing penalties for working more hours or going to college or university;
– Making rent more predictable by simplifying rent calculations;
– Freeing up the waitlist by having tenants prioritize their first choice and accept the first unit they are offered, while allowing Service Managers flexibility to make exceptions in extenuating circumstances;
– Protecting tenants who receive child support payments by ensuring their rent is not impacted by payments;
– Making housing available to those who truly need it by requiring an asset test;
– Making housing safer by empowering housing providers to turn away tenants who have been evicted for criminal activity.