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Housing Sub-Committee Summary Report

Updated: April 2018


History To-date:

  • February 2016 – Formation of TDSA Housing Sub-committee
  • February 2016 – Housing Partnership Template
  • April 2016 – TDSA Housing Survey Results
  • April 2016 – Introduction Meeting with Build Toronto and Director, City of Toronto Affordable Housing Office (AFO)
  • May 2016 – Final approval of Terms of Reference
  • July 2016 - Inclusionary Zoning letter for Sean Gadon at City’s AFO
  • July 2016 - Cover letter and fact sheet re: Affordable Home Ownership
  • August 2016 - Inclusionary Zoning Consultation Feedback
  • October 2016 - Literature Review re: The Impact of Housing and Homelessness on Persons with Developmental Disability
  • October 2016 - Affordable Housing Information Guide
  • October 2016 - TDSA Affordable and Supportive Housing Forum
  • February 2017 - Housing Allowances To Maintain Successful Tenancies RFP
  • February 2017 - MCSS proposal for contract staff approved
  • May 2017 – TDSA Housing Navigator hired
  • May 2017 – Inclusive Housing Design session at BUILD Toronto
  • September 2017 – Referral Agreement Template
  • September 2017 – TDSA Brochure focused on affordable, barrier-free, supportive and inclusive housing
  • November 2017 – Confirmed commitment with private developer to explore partnership for Tippett
  • November 2017 – TDSA facilitated partnership on RFP for West Don Lands, Grenville and Grosvenor with a private developer, partners from DS and other service areas for a total of 89 units across three locations
  • November 2017 – TDSA public website with Housing Sub-committee and housing-related information launched
  • November 2017 – TDSA Housing Forum
  • To-date, the committee members have participated in multiple housing forums at the municipal, provincial and federal levels
  • January 2018 – TDSA meeting with Minister Jaczek’s Office re: our work on affordable housing
  • February 2018 – updates to TDSA website re: housing-related information
  • February 2018 – Contracted Evergreen Housing Action Lab to provide backbone support for our Inclusive Housing Design work which includes enabling progression, profiling our work and formatting information for potential future projects
  • March 2018 – partnership with OASIS hosting National Housing Strategy Webinar
  • March 2018 – Presentation to Housing Task Force for their evaluation report and final recommendations

Current Work: 

  • Affordable Homeownership for family access on behalf of their family members with an intellectual disability – confirmed alternative access through Options for Homes wait list or opportunities that make it out to the public
  • Potential for other opportunities through Options for Homes - interest in presentation to TDSA?
  • Tippet affordable rentals – discussions moved to April 2018
  • Bloor-Dufferin housing project - ongoing engagement with City
  • Potential partnership for Jarvis and Church rentals for vulnerable women – City of Toronto putting out RFP for partners
  • Inclusive Housing Design follow-up from May 10, 2017 session with Build Toronto – contracted Evergreen Housing Action Lab to provide project coordination for this work
  • TDSA HSC Work Plan to MCSS Toronto Region Office with links to applicable reports – attached for submission to MCSS Toronto Region Office:

Recommendations for 2018/19 focus:

  • Continue funding support of TDSA Housing Navigator
  • Utilize TDSA Affordable Housing brochure  and develop a “What We Need” one-pager for outreach to municipalities and government re: addressing access issues to affordable housing
  • Enable relationship-building with landlords/property managers and housing developers
  • Follow-up on targeted housing projects and link opportunities to future MYRP funding
  • Third Annual Housing Forum