Every person deserves a safe, stable and affordable place to live. More than 40,000 families in Ottawa do not have housing they can afford. Ottawa is facing affordable housing crisis.
To address this crisis, we are asking the City to: - invest $12 million over and above federal and provincial grants to create new deeply affordable housing - pass a strong citywide inclusionary zoning by-law that ensures 25% of new development is dedicated to affordable housing and places a special emphasis on deeply affordable housing within 1 km of rapid transit stations; - Ensure that all available government-owned land within 1 km of current & future rapid transit stations is used for non-profit and co-op housing; and - Create a 2019-2022 Term of Council Priority that integrates transit and planning, with clear, affordable housing targets
Let's make affordable housing a priority in Budget 2019 by taking these small steps: - Write a letter to the Mayor and your Councillor by using this template - Sign an online petition - Attend City Councillor led consultations and express your concerns on affordable housing - Attend an Affordable Housing Rally on Feb 6, 9 am, City Hall Lisgar entrance - Sign up here to speak at the Planning Committee (Feb 14) and Social Services Committee (Feb 21) - Encourage friends to take action
To celebrate our impact:
The City Budget of 2018 increases funding to social service agencies by $675,000 (3%) (2% for cost of living adjustment and 1% for additional funding pressure from minimum wage increase)
The Budget also includes an additional base funding of $325,000 to support social service agencies to address complex needs and increasing demand for services in our communities
The Budget creates one-time non-renewable one-year community project funding of $100,000