89 organizations submit Budget 2021 priorities to Mayor, Council

A total of 89 organizations and more than 350 individuals across the city of Ottawa have submitted Budget 2021 input to the Mayor, asking him to prioritize affordable housing near rapid transit stations.

The groups and individuals have asked City Council to put a minimum of $20 million in Budget 2021, to pass a strong inclusionary zoning bylaw, and to ensure government-owned land near rapid transit stations is used for non-profit, co-op housing.

You can read the letter below, or in PDF format here.

Individuals are invited to email the Mayor in support of these Budget 2021 requests here.

 

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November 3, 2020

Dear Mayor Jim Watson, and Ottawa City Councillors, 

 

Research from Carleton University indicates that Canada lost 322,600 affordable rental units between 2011 and 2016 in the private market. In the same period, government investments in affordable housing built only 20,000 units. We are losing 15 affordable units for every one being built.

 

Despite significant investments of City money to build new affordable housing in both Budgets 2019, and 2020, there are still more than 12,000 households on the Centralized Waiting List for affordable housing.

 

We are losing ground. The number of family units accessing an emergency overnight shelter increased by 70.1% since 2014. The staff report on the updated 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan detailed what is at stake:

 

It is well documented that poor housing conditions and high housing costs leads to stress for individuals and families, affecting their physical and mental health and resulting in increased use of health and social services. Children who experience housing insecurity due to frequent moves have been found to under-perform in school with lasting consequences on their capacity to participate in the labour market.”

 

Much more needs to be done. Budget 2021 is an important opportunity to make progress on the Housing and Homelessness Emergency, and to build a city for all.

 

We ask that the City of Ottawa:

 

  1. Commit at least $20 million in Budget 2021 of City funding, over and above federal and provincial grants, to build new affordable housing near rapid transit stations;

 

  1. Pass a strong citywide inclusionary zoning by-law that ensures 25% of new development is dedicated to affordable housing and places a special emphasis on deeply affordable housing within 1 km of rapid transit stations; and

 

  1. Ensure that all available government-owned land within 1 km of current & future rapid transit stations is used for non-profit and co-op housing (and that the City provide land to the newly established Land Trust in Ottawa specifically for affordable housing near rapid transit).

 

Please ensure City Council follows through on the commitments made through the Interdepartmental Task Force for Affordable Housing Near Transit Stations.

 

We would appreciate it if you can please respond to the specific asks above (items 1, 2, 3). 

 

Sincerely,

 

613/819 Black Hub

Robin Browne, Co-Lead / Founder

613/819 Black Hub

 

ABLE2 (formerly Citizen Advocacy Ottawa)

Heather Lacey, Executive Director

ABLE2 (formerly Citizen Advocacy Ottawa)

 

Action-Logement

Marie-Josée Houle, Executive Director

Action Housing

 

Alex Laidlaw Housing Co-op

Kaeli Van Regan, Housing Manager

Alex Laidlaw Housing Co-op

 

Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa

Kaite Burkholder Harris, Executive Director

Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa

 

Andrew Fleck Children's Services

Kim Hiscott, Executive Director

Andrew Fleck Children’s Services

 

Anglican Diocese of Ottawa

PJ Hobbs, Director of Community Ministries

Anglican Diocese of Ottawa

 

Bruce House

Lorraine Kelly, Senior Management / Manager of Finance & Administration

Bruce House

 

Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime

Aline Vlasceanu, Executive Director

Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime

 

Carlington Community Association

Charity Bartlett, President

Carlington Community Association

 

Carlington Community Health Centre

Cameron MacLeod, Executive Director

Carlington Community Health Centre

 

Causeway Work Centre

Hailey Hechtman, Executive Director

Causeway Work Centre

 

Centre 454

Rachel Robinson, Executive Director

Centre 454

 

Centre 507

Richard Leblanc, Executive Director

Centre 507

 

Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation

Ray Sullivan, Executive Director

Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation

 

Centretown Community Association

Shawn Barber, President

Centretown Community Association

 

Centretown Community Health Centre

Simone Thibault, Executive Director

Centretown Community Health Centre

 

City for All Women Initiative (CAWI)

Valerie Stam, Executive Director

City for All Women Initiative

 

Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa

Michel Gervais and Kelli Tonner, Co-Chairs

Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa

 

Community Legal Services of Ottawa

L Landry, Community Developer

Community Legal Services of Ottawa

 

Convent Glen Orléans Wood Community Association

Mireille Brownhill, President

Convent Glen Orléans Wood Community Association

 

Coopérative d'habitation Voisins

Suzanne Guénette, Housing Manager

Coopérative d'habitation Voisins

 

Co-operative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario (CHASEO)

Jovette Fournier, Executive Director

Co-operative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario

 

Cornerstone Housing for Women

Martine Dore, Interim Executive Director

Cornerstone Housing for Women

 

Counselling and Family Services Ottawa

Ann Carson-Tempier, Clinical Supervisor

Counselling and Family Services Ottawa

 

CUPE 2626

Patricia Magazoni Gonçalves, President

CUPE 2626

 

Dalhousie Community Association

Michael Powell, President

Dalhousie Community Association

 

Dalhousie Food Cupboard

Margie Christin, Secretary

Dalhousie Food Cupboard

 

Dalhousie Non-Profit Housing Co-operative

Sarah Lorenz, Housing Manager

Dalhousie Non-Profit Housing Co-operative

 

Daybreak Housing

Richard Johnson, Operations Manager

Daybreak Housing

 

Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre

Nathalie Lafrenière, Executive Director

Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre

 

Ecology Ottawa

Robb Barnes, Executive Director

Ecology Ottawa

 

Elmvale Co-op

Lynne Labelle, Vice President

Elmvale Co-op

 

Federation of Citizen’s Associations of Ottawa

Alex Cullen, President

Federation of Citizen’s Associations of Ottawa

 

Free Transit Ottawa

Donald Swartz, Coordinator

Free Transit Ottawa

 

Friends of James and Bay

Maria Luisa Marti, Co-founder and executive member

Friends of James and Bay

 

Gignul Non-Profit Housing

Marc Maracle, Executive Director

Gignul Non-Profit Housing Corporation

 

Glebe Community Association

Laura Smith, President

Glebe Community Association

 

Greater Avalon Community Association

Rachelle Lecours, President
Greater Avalon Community Association

 

Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital

Paul Johanis, Chair & Treasurer

Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital

 

Healthy Transportation Coalition

Terrie Meehan, Vice-President of the Board

Healthy Transportation Coalition

 

Hintonburg Community Association

Linda Brown, President

Hintonburg Community Association

 

Housing Help

Shea Kiely, Executive Director

Housing Help

 

Housing Managers Collective

Kaeli Van Regan, President

Housing Managers Collective

 

Interval House of Ottawa

Keri Lewis, Executive Director

Interval House of Ottawa

 

Jewish Family Services Ottawa

Sarah Caspi, Executive Director

Jewish Family Services Ottawa

 

John Howard Society of Ottawa

Tyler Fainstat, Executive Director

John Howard Society of Ottawa

 

Just Food

Moe Garahan, Executive Director

Just Food

 

Lowertown Community Resource Centre

Matthew Beutel, Executive Director

Lowertown Community Resource Centre

 

Manor Park Community Association

Elizabeth McAllister, President

Manor Park Community Association

 

March of Dimes Canada, Durham East Region

Lisa Swant, Program Manager

Stacey Moore, Regional Director

March of Dimes Canada, Durham East Region

 

Monfort Renaissance

François Hamel, Director, Housing Services

Monfort Renaissance

 

Multifaith Housing Initiative

Suzanne Le, Executive Director

Multifaith Housing Initiative

 

Nelson House

Zahra Alam, Program Manager

Nelson House

 

Nepean Housing Corporation

Lynn Carson, President

Nepean Housing Corporation

 

Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre

Anita James, Executive Director

Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre

 

Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Corp.

Catharine Vandelinde, Executive Director

Options Bytown

 

Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre

Luc Ouelette, Executive Director

Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre

 

Ottawa & District Labour Council

Sean McKenney, President

Ottawa & District Labour Council

 

Ottawa ACORN

Ashley Reynes, Head Organizer

Ottawa ACORN

 

Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women

Erin Leigh, Executive Director

Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women

 

Ottawa Disability Coalition

Jerry Fiori, Chair

Ottawa Disability Coalition

 

Ottawa Food Bank

Rachael Wilson, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Ottawa Food Bank

 

Ottawa Inner City Health

Wendy Muckle, Chief Executive Officer

Ottawa Inner City Health

 

Ottawa Mission

Peter Tilley, Chief Executive Officer

Ottawa Mission

 

Ottawa Social Housing Network (OSHN)

Fran Childs, Co-Chair

Ottawa Social Housing Network

 

Ottawa Transit Riders

Sally Thomas, Board member

Ottawa Transit Riders

 

Ottawa Victim Services

Melissa Heimerl BA, M.Ed, Executive Director

Ottawa Victim Services

 

Parkdale Food Centre

Karen Secord, Executive Director

Parkdale Food Centre

 

Peace and Environment Resource Centre

Kathryn Norman, Coordinator

Peace and Environment Resource Centre

 

Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre

Christopher McIntosh, Executive Director

Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre

 

Pineview Community Association

Heather Marie Scott, President

Pineview Community Association

 

Refugee 613

Louisa Taylor, Director

Refugee 613

 

Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre

Yacouba Traoré, Executive Director

Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre

 

Joe’s Supper Table

Ryan J. Mitchell, Manager of Operations

St. Joe’s Supper Table

 

Luke’s Table

Rachel Robinson, Executive Director

St. Luke’s Table

 

SafePet Ottawa

Dayna Desmarais, President & Executive Director

SafePet Ottawa

 

Sandy Hill Community Health Centre

David Gibson, Executive Director

Sandy Hill Community Health Centre

 

Shepherds of Good Hope

Deirdre Freiheit, President & Chief Executive Officer

Shepherds of Good Hope

 

Social Planning Council of Ottawa

Sophia Jacob, President

Social Planning Council of Ottawa

 

Somerset West Community Health Centre

Naini Cloutier, Executive Director

Somerset West Community Health Centre

 

South East Ottawa Community Health Centre

Kelli Tonner, Executive Director

South East Ottawa Community Health Centre

 

Vanier Community Service Centre

Michel Gervais, Executive Director

Vanier Community Service Centre

 

Walk Ottawa

John Woodhouse, Co-Chair

Walk Ottawa

 

The Well

Rachel Robinson, Executive Director

The Well

 

Wellington Village Community Association

Dave Allston, President

Wellington Village Community Association

 

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre

Michelle Hurtubise, Executive Director

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre

 

Women's Initiatives for Safer Environments (WISE)

Valerie Collicott, Policy & Administrative Coordinator

Women's Initiatives for Safer Environments

 

Youth Services Bureau

Larissa Silver, Associate Executive Director

Youth Services Bureau


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