Housing + income + food = health: Wellesley Institute submission to UN food expert

Housing, income, food and health are all strongly linked. It is important to understand the interconnections, the vicious and virtuous cycles that feed each other, and the impact policy and program interventions can have on those cycles. Those are some of the key messages that …

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MultiFaith Alliance to End Homelessness

The Wellesley Institute is partnered with Toronto’s MultiFaith Alliance to End Homelessness (MFATEH) to engage faith communities in practical and effective solutions. The MFATEH is an alliance of faith organizations focused on housing and homelessness in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. Its member organizations …

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Have a happy, and home-ful, World Habitat Day

October 3 is recognized globally as World Habitat Day, the day to recognize the importance of housing and human settlements. It is also marked as International Tenants Day. A good home is one of the most important factors in achieving good health for individuals and …

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Strengthen Ontario’s Provincial Policy Statement as one tool to meet the province’s housing needs

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is undertaking a review of the Provincial Policy Statement on land use and planning.  A strengthened Provincial Policy Statement can be an important tool for communities across the province to ensure all Ontarians have access to a healthy …

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International Housing/Homelessness Summit In Washington: Wellesley Institute Presentations

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The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott was among two dozen housing / homelessness thought and practice leaders who gathered in Washington, DC, last week for an international summit. In addition to supplying a brief overview of Canada’s ‘non-system’ of homeless and housing programs at the national …

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Tony Di Pede Affordable Housing Complex

This housing complex was built on the site of the former Wellesley Central Hospital. Its construction was possible through the vision and financial contribution of the Wellesley Institute and the leadership of one of its board members – Tony Di Pede.

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A step forward for affordable housing in Toronto – more steps required!

The Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation has written a background piece for The Toronto Star that welcomes the recent decision of Toronto City Council’s Executive Committee to preserve most of Toronto Community Housing’s single family homes . While saving existing affordable housing is …

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Does Inclusionary Housing stifle market housing development?

Inclusionary zoning programs are often said to stifle development, either by driving developers to build where there are no programs, or causing them to increase their prices to cover losses associated with building the affordable housing. The 2007 Furman Report, which was sponsored by the National …

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Tracking The Dollars, Programs And Opportunities: Presentation Notes On Canadian Housing/Homelessness Policies

The patchwork of federal housing and homelessness funding and programs has been eroding over the past two decades—with Canada’s municipalities set to overtake the national government in terms of affordable housing spending. Some significant promises have been made, but it’s hard to track the dollars …

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What have the Americans done about homelessness? Quite a lot, actually!

The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott spent three days in Washington at the National Alliance to End Homelessness annual conference. While the United States faces a deep and painful level of homelessness, the US federal government is taking an inspiring lead in the campaign to end …

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