Peel families wait too long for affordable housing

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There are about 12,600 individuals and families on Peel’s wait list for affordable housing and just 348 individuals have got into homes.

A growing population, high poverty and unemployment numbers, low vacancy rates and very little creation of new rental stock are factors that have made reductions in the wait list difficult, stated a report presented by Peel’s Human Services Commissioner Janice Sheehy recently.

The reported average wait time on the housing application list is a little more than three and a half years.

But the region has a priority placement system. So, the average wait time varies for an applicant depends on circumstances.

For instance, the average wait time for victims of family violence is less than a year, while families wait an average of seven and a half years for housing.

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Council has stated that increasing the region’s social housing stock is a priority for this term of office.

Peel Living is the region’s non-profit housing company and third largest social housing provider in the province – managing 68 sites and 6,915 units for some 15,600 residents in Peel.

This past August, the region went out to the private sector to gauge interest in providing affordable housing projects and came back with proposals for more than 2,000 units.

Sheehy said the region is now issuing a Request For Proposals for third party owned projects.

With housing prices showing no signs of slowing down, the problem will only get bigger and worse over time. – CINEWS

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