The County of Simcoe has created nearly 1,300 new units in the face of an affordable housing shortage, with nearly the same number left to go. One of the highlights of this year’s Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy annual report card.
“As we issue our fifth report card on our 10-year plan, we’re pleased to announce that we have created approximately 1,300 units since 2014, including 271 units in 2018,” said Warden George Cornell. “Together with community partners, the County continues to strive forward with large developments, targeted funding and creative solutions to provide adequate, appropriate and affordable housing for all Simcoe County residents.”
The report card takes a look back and highlights some of the success stories in 2018, including:
- 1,288 new units created since the strategy was approved in 2014, including rent supplements, secondary suites, new development, and home ownership down payment assistance; 271 of these units were created in 2018
- Phase 2 Implementation Plan approved to outline actions for 2018-2020, with a target to create 895 units over the three-year period
- $12.8M approved by County Council for an affordable rental development in Victoria Harbour by Simcoe County Housing Corporation, a single three-storey building with 41 units intended for seniors and persons with disabilities
- Invested $1.3 million in maintaining social housing assets during 2018
- Led by Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness, the David Busby Centre, the County of Simcoe, numerous community partners and volunteers successfully conducted a county-wide Homelessness Enumeration in April 2018
- Seven new conventional buses and two specialized buses ordered by County Council for two new routes launching in 2019, which will improve resident access to community supports, places of employment, educational opportunities, food and affordable housing options.
The housing strategy was created in 2014, and outlines steps to find creative solutions for increasing affordable housing across Simcoe County. It aims to build a minimum of 2,685 new units by the year 2024.