CPSC receives update on housing and homelessness

The City’s Community and Protective Services Committee, chaired by Councillor Diane Deans, today received an update on its 10-year plan for housing and homelessness.


The City will consider the progress highlighted in this report and feedback from the Committee as it conducts its mid-point review of the plan over the coming year. The review will set new targets and staff will consult with stakeholders, residents and people with lived experience.


In the first four years of the plan, more than 100,000 residents have benefitted from housing and support services, delivered by more than 130 community partners. The City has built 364 new affordable and supportive housing units, diverted 1,280 people from emergency shelters and moved 519 single individuals with long shelter stays into permanent housing with supports.


The City has made progress in reducing homelessness, with the number of single women accessing emergency shelters reaching its lowest level in the past decade, and the number of youth accessing shelters decreasing for the second year in a row. Ottawa has also seen a decrease in the number of single men who have been homeless for six months or more in the past year, along with a decrease their average length of stay in a shelter.


The update outlined the City’s work towards the goal of ending chronic homelessness for 2018 and 2019, which includes setting new targets during the mid-point review of the 10-year plan.


Councillor Mark Taylor, the Mayor’s Special Liaison on Housing and Homelessness Issues, also delivered a presentation on housing and homelessness.


The Committee approved minor amendments to nine existing by-laws. The changes align City by-laws with provincial legislation, identify and clarify roles, and make minor administrative changes to better facilitate by-law management.


The Committee also received an update on provincial regulation of the tow industry. The Province already regulates tow truck operators and requires them to get permission before towing or storing cars. Operators must disclose their rates and contact information, along with any referral fees they could get from a storage facility or repair shop. Due to existing Provincial regulations, staff did not recommend municipal licensing at this time.


Items approved at today’s Community and Protective Services Committee will go to City Council on Wednesday, March 28.


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