• Landlords Descend in Ontario to Provide Affordable Social Housing Solution

    More than 1,100 landlords, policy makers and issue experts descendent in Ontario recently to tackle Ontario's critical need for affordable housing. The Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association's (ONPHA) 25th annual conference and tradeshow, Canada's largest social housing conference, will help equip Ontario's affordable housing sectors for the challenges ahead.

    "More and more Ontarians are having their household budgets crunched by the high cost of rental housing in this province," says Sharad Kerur, ONPHA's Executive Director. "While Federal and Provincial investments in affordable housing have helped, the reality is that almost 600,000 Ontario renters pay more than 30 per cent of their income on rent and almost 275,000 pay more than 50 per cent. For too many, that doesn't leave money for other basics like child care, groceries and transit fare to get to work."

    Creating a Forum for Problem Solving
    The ONPHA Conference and Trade Show is the sector's premier event, drawing social housing landlords, policy makers, tenants and community partners together every year. "Our sector is facing a number of challenges" says Kerur, "Tightening budgets combined with the growing need for capital repairs and the need for supports for vulnerable tenants means that we need everyone - landlords, municipalities, the Province, and the Feds - at the table to find solutions. That's what our conference is all about - we're creating a forum for problem solving."

    Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, The Honourable Linda Jeffrey, addressed delegates at the conference's Opening Plenary.

    "Our government continues to call for a renewed federal commitment to affordable housing, because we all have a role play in helping to maintain affordable housing in Ontario and across Canada." said Minister Jeffrey. "Non-profit housing is more than just bricks and mortar - it helps create jobs and builds communities."

    Article Created: 2013-10-21
    Article Updated: 2013-11-13

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