(Barrie, ON) City Council received the Affordable Housing Monitoring Report at last night's Council meeting, which provided an important update on the state of affordable housing in Barrie.
The City of Barrie's Affordable Housing Strategy, completed in 2015, is a 10-year plan based on the County
of Simcoe's Affordable Housing Strategy. The City's strategy aims to encourage, stimulate and increase the supply and range of affordable housing options to meet the needs of Barrie residents, at all income levels and stages of life.
“Although there have been gains in affordable housing, there is still much work to be done," says Mayor Jeff Lehman. “Barrie is experiencing a housing affordability crisis and the ability to find homes for the hardest to house in our community remains a challenge. The City is committed to working together with community partners to increase housing options and affordability."
Some highlights and areas of note in the Report include:
Several upcoming City initiatives will address housing affordability issues. These include a report card of the strategy, City-initiated changes to the zoning by-law, and the establishment of the Affordable Housing Task Force by Council this spring.
The County of Simcoe is the designated service manager for the City under the Housing Services Act, 2011. The County is responsible for planning, funding and managing social housing programs and homelessness services.
The City of Barrie can encourage and facilitate the provisions of affordable housing through initiatives, programs and policies however, the City does not provide or manage housing.
Visit barrie.ca/AffordableHousing to read the full report and for more information.
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