June 19, 2002

York Region Housing Supply Strategy pursues wider affordable housing choices


NEWMARKET An action-based housing supply strategy that will provide a wider range of housing options was brought forward to York Region's Community Services and Housing Committee today.

"As our communities become more urban and populous, our challenge as a regional government is to help ensure that the housing needs of all residents youth, seniors, single persons, couples and households with special needs are met," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. "I believe the York Region Housing Supply Strategy will guide us in meeting this challenge."

The proposed Strategy will encourage the creation of new affordable housing and influence the supply of much-needed new affordable rental housing in local municipalities. It addresses three key areas:

ownership housing for moderate income households.

waiting list for assisted housing and housing for people with special needs.

"Critical to the success of this Strategy will be the support of the community and the development of new partnerships to create affordable housing," said Newmarket Mayor Tom Taylor, Chair of the Community Services and Housing Committee.

As part of the Housing Supply Strategy, York Region has set a goal to establish 100 new subsidized units each year through partnerships with the private and non-profit sectors.

A draft Municipal Housing Facilities Bylaw was also tabled before Committee that will enable the Region to enter into agreements with the private and non-profit sectors. In addition, a proposed Request for Proposals (RFP) framework aimed at potential partners who have the capacity to develop, own and operate affordable rental housing was tabled.

The Strategy, together with the draft Municipalities Housing Facilities Bylaw and the proposed RFP process will be brought forward to Regional Council on June 27, 2002 for adoption and final approval. They will then be forwarded to local municipalities for review and endorsement.

For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at: www.region.york.on.ca.

See attached fact sheet regarding York Region's need for Affordable Housing.


Contact: Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications Services, York Region

- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1238

- Email: wendy.lewis@region.york.on.ca


Fact Sheet

June 19, 2002

Why York Region needs a Housing Supply Strategy

In York Region, the need for a housing supply strategy is now. Why does such an urgency exist? Consider the facts:

The Affordability Problem

Housing Costs are High

York Region's Population is Changing

.York Region's Household Incomes are Changing

What Employers are Saying

For more detailed information on York region's housing profile, visit the Planning and Development Services pages on York Region Web site: www.region.york.on.ca

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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