It is a time of opportunity for supportive housing in Ontario. Housing and homelessness are main pillars in the government’s poverty reduction strategy. This is crucial because housing is a large factor in the social determinants of health. Whether someone’s housing is affordable, in good repair, or has the right supports or not has a […]
Wellesley Institute teamed up with Saskatoon’s Upstream to see what the 2015 federal candidates had to say about health. The health equity impact assessment was applied to 4 subjects found in the candidates platforms: a national drug program; housing; employment and income; early childhood education and care. Last we ask, what aren’t the candidates talking […]
One and a half million Canadian households are precariously housed, and an estimated 235,000 Canadians experienced homelessness in 2014.1 One in eight Canadian households live in housing that is either unaffordable, in disrepair, or crowded. In large cities such as Toronto, and amongst particular populations such as Aboriginal peoples and recent immigrants, this ratio is […]
Five years after the Ontario government adopted a Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy (LTAHS) it is preparing an updated version to set directions for the next several years. This document puts forward the key priorities that the Wellesley Institute believes should inform the Ontario government’s framework and actions in affordable housing. The planned 2015/16 update […]
Toronto’s Suburban Rooming Houses: Just a Spin on a Downtown “problem?” by Lisa Freeman, looks at the zoning by-laws for rooming houses in Toronto’s inner suburbs. Rooming houses are often seen as last-resort housing, a downtown issue, or a health and safety hazard. But rooming houses are a crucial component of private-market affordable housing stock […]
Toronto is experiencing a housing crisis with three major challenges: a lack of affordable housing, poor quality and inadequate social housing, and homelessness. For too many Torontonians the lack of affordable homes means having to spend too much of their income on rent. Housing is considered unaffordable if it costs more than 30 percent of […]
The Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, Michael Shapcott, joined the City of Toronto Director of Affordable Housing, Sean Gadon, at a seminar with University of Toronto students on March 24.
Community forum and seminar with Queen’s University students, February 28, 2014: Presentation notes from the Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, Michael Shapcott.
The Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, Michael Shapcott, presented to students at the University of Pennsylvania in March 2014 in Philadelphia. He focused on the links between housing and health in Toronto and Canada.
Housing and homelessness are not just concerns for the city centre. The Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Homelessness, Michael Shapcott, delivered a presentation on March 19 to the Social Justice Committee at St Peter’s Erindale Anglican Church in Mississauga. Along with the presentation, he gave a list of useful housing and homelessness links and […]