The 2016 National Housing Day Forum attracted dozens of residents and community leaders to the Western Fair District.
Wednesday’s event was hosted by the City, along with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Housing Development Corporation, with officials discussing progress made so far by London’s Homeless Prevention and Housing Plans.
Dave Purdy, London’s Manager of Housing Services, tells AM980 the City needs to better communicate financial needs when making affordable housing plans.
“Often what happens is there’s financial policy that inhibits us to do program design. We really want to articulate that program design has to not match the funding, the funding has to match the program design so it’s kind of the reverse,” says Purdy.
“Each community has unique requirements and structures that when we create some innovative ideas, sometimes those funding policies don’t allow those creativities. We’re advocating that, ‘let us build a program and fund it accordingly’ not ‘let us build a program that matches your funding’.”
— AM980 London News (@AM980News) November 23, 2016
Mayor Matt Brown notes that work is ongoing with partners including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus in promoting the development of the National Housing Strategy. An update on the strategy in the way of a new report titled ‘What We Heard’ was also discussed.
“We know that housing is key to lifting people out of poverty. That’s why homelessness prevention and housing are focus areas in our Strategic Plan,” says Brown.
“We’re making progress in ensuring Londoners have the resources and supports they need. Housing is not an issue we can tackle on our own. I’m pleased to see the continued collaboration between our municipal, provincial and federal partners.”
‘What We Heard’ is the result of a 4-month country-wide consultation that incorporated opinions from nearly 7,000 Canadians.
The final national strategy is expected to be released early in 2017.