Ottawa City Council passed a 10-year housing and homelessness plan Wednesday, the first of its kind.
Called A Home for Everyone: Our Ten year Plan, the report will see an interdepartmental city committee created to put the plan into action and will extend the City’s $14 million annual commitment to addressing the problem of access to housing.
The funding was a campaign promise made by Mayor Jim Watson in the last election. The report was recommended for approval by council by the Community & Protective Services Committee and the Planning Committee last week.
“The plan pins us down to three definite outcomes,” Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the Community & Protective Services Committee said.
The three objectives are summarized in the report as: everyone has a home; people get the support they need; and “we work together.” In brief, those translate into a combination of housing construction, repairs to existing social/community housing, supports to prevent homelessness, services, and better coordination between departments, and building relationships with other stakeholders in the community around these issues.
“Everybody in the past kind of worked in their own silos,” Taylor said. “At Committee, it was notable that we had both, the Eastern Ontario Landlord Organization and ACORN, a community advocacy group, out to support the same report. That’s perfect.”
The report is a requirement in Ontario’s Housing Services Act that mandates Municipal Service Managers (MSMs) create the plan from a “system-based perspective.”
It consolidates Ottawa’s City Housing Strategy, Community Action Plan on Homelessness, Action Ottawa & Housing & Homeless Investment.
Article by Molly Amoli K. Shinhat for Metro News Ottawa