Ontario's affordable housing waitlists at all-time high; underlining need for comprehensive housing plan

The number of households on affordable housing waiting lists is at an all-time high of 141,635 across Ontario – a jump of almost 10% in the last year. The 2010 survey by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association not only shows that the wait for a healthy, affordable home is longer than ever, but the long lists are discouraging people from signing up in the first place. So, the real number in desperate need of a good place to call home is considerably higher than the official figure.¬†”This is the most significant increase we have seen since we began collecting this data,” says Sharad Kerur, ONPHA’s executive director. “While the brunt of the recession may be over,¬†families in Ontario are still struggling to find housing they can afford. In many communities, unemployment will remain a significant problem and we anticipate that waiting lists will only continue to grow in the years ahead.” The Ontario government has promised a comprehensive affordable housing plan by June – and the Wellesley Institute, along with our partners in the Housing Network of Ontario, are counting down the days until the detailed strategy is released.