How can we ensure the City of Ottawa prioritizes building affordable housing close to rapid transit?
On Friday, April 27th from 9am to 1pm join us at 30 Rosemount Avenue, for an important community conversation co-sponsored by City for All Women Initiative, Healthy Transportation Coalition, and the Somerset West Community Health Centre, with facilitation by Alejandra Bravo, Director, Power Lab. Lunch is included.
We plan to focus the conversation on three important questions:
1) How can we encourage government, non-profit housing providers, and the private sector to build affordable housing** close to rapid transit?
2) What are Community Benefits Agreements, and how can they be used to ensure massive public infrastructure projects (such as Ottawa's $5 billion Light Rail Transit system) meet the community’s needs?
3) What do we want to collaborate on to ensure we use the opportunities of the upcoming provincial and municipal elections to win more support for these ideas?
Please RSVP below so we know how much lunch to provide.
** When we say affordable housing, we are referring to subsidized, rent-geared-to-income, non-profit rental housing.
BACKGROUND: Five billion dollars of public money is being invested in Phases 1, 2 of Light Rail Transit, and we need to ensure community benefits flow from that investment. Given the City’s five-plus year waiting list for affordable housing, and the need for the construction of 14,000 new units to meet current demand, a strong emphasis should be placed on building affordable housing close to rapid transit stations. Ottawa should ensure that the air space it owns around rapid transit and light rail transit stations is filled with as much affordable housing as possible. The City needs to work with the community to decrease the amount of urban displacement of people living on low incomes who are being pushed away from being able to conveniently access rapid public transit. 
 Ryan Tumilty. “Advocates want to ensure Ottawa LRT access is affordable.” Metro Ottawa. 24 Sept. 2017. www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2017/09/24/advocates-want-to-ensure-ottawa-lrt-access-is-affordable.html
 Amanda Pfeffer. “New light-rail system could leave disadvantaged Ottawans in the lurch: transportation summit.” CBC News Ottawa. 22 Sept. 2017. www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/lrt-leave-disadvantaged-in-lurch-1.4302355