National housing day puts a spotlight on affordable housing

Key local stakeholders gathered to discuss what makes a great affordable housing project​

At a time when many individuals across Canada and specifically Niagara are facing a housing crisis, National Housing Day hopes to address this. For the fourth year in a row, Niagara Regional Housing, Niagara Region, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the City of Niagara Falls gathered to explore what makes a great affordable housing project. Developers, planners, housing providers and community agencies/partners received housing updates from local experts and learned about project successes.  

As affordable housing continues to be a challenge, National Housing Day hopes to address this issue through information sharing on what constitutes a great affordable housing project. Mayor of St. Catharines and board chair of Niagara Regional Housing Walter Sendzik shared his sentiments that everyone has a role to play in creating opportunities for affordable housing in Niagara. The group heard the impact great affordable housing has from a tenant’s perspective, as well as an update on the National Housing Strategy and what makes a successful project profile from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

The event also allowed the Region to share updates on Niagara’s 10 Year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan, the Regional Official Plan and Affordable Housing Strategy. These initiatives hope to create innovative solutions that create affordable rental units and housing options throughout the community. YWCA Niagara Region provided a new development update and mayor of Niagara Falls Jim Diodati talked about how the city is looking at proactive approaches to development, including incentivizing and coordinating with developers.

All stakeholders involved in National Housing Day hope that by getting on the same page around what makes a great affordable housing project they can address a crucial need in our communities. This event acts as part of the commitment to residents in Niagara, that they will be provided with adequate housing as a fundamental human right.

Quotes

"We all have an important role to play to improve affordable housing and in turn, create a foundation for individuals and families. National Housing Day provides us with an opportunity to both recognize the current work being done to provide affordable housing and also to look to the future."
~ Regional Chair Jim Bradley
"Niagara is a place where everyone should have a home, and National Housing Day is chance to focus on that, bringing together the housing sector, private developers, service agencies and community leaders to learn about tools and opportunities to create affordable housing in Niagara. Lack of affordable housing is a complex issue and the solutions will only come about when people and organizations and work together."
~ NRH board chair and St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik

Contact

Katie Desharnais
Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3290
katie.desharnais@niagararegion.ca


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