Endorsements

To: Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson,

Research from Carleton University indicates that Canada lost 322,600 affordable rental units between 2011 and 2016 in the private market. In 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;
  2. 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
  3. 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.

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

Sincerely,

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Deirdre Freiheit

Deirdre Freiheit

President & CEO at Shepherds of Good Hope
Sally Thomas

Sally Thomas

Board member at Ottawa Transit Riders
Peter Tilley

Peter Tilley

Chief Executive Officer at Ottawa Mission
Patricia Magazoni Gonçalves

Patricia Magazoni Gonçalves

President at CUPE 2626
Jerry Fiori

Jerry Fiori

Chair at Ottawa Disability Coalition
Paul Johanis

Paul Johanis

Chair & Treasurer at Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital
Sophia Jacob

Sophia Jacob

Board President at Social Planning Council of Ottawa
Robb Barnes

Robb Barnes

Executive Director at Ecology Ottawa
Anita James

Anita James

Executive Director at Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre
Michel Gervais

Michel Gervais

Executive Director at Vanier Community Service Centre
Michelle Hurtubise

Michelle Hurtubise

Executive Director at Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
Kelli Tonner

Kelli Tonner

Executive Director at South East Ottawa Community Health Centre
David Gibson

David Gibson

Executive Director at Sandy Hill Community Health Centre
Yacouba Traoré

Yacouba Traoré

Executive Director at Rideau-Rockliffe Community Resource Centre
Christopher McIntosh

Christopher McIntosh

Executive Director at Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre
Luc Ouellette

Luc Ouellette

Executive Director at Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre
Matthew Beutel

Matthew Beutel

Executive Director at Lowertown Community Resource Centre
Nathalie Lafrenière

Nathalie Lafrenière

Executive Director at Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre
Simone Thibault

Simone Thibault

Executive Director at Centretown Community Health Centre
Sean McKenney

Sean McKenney

President at Ottawa & District Labour Council
Cameron MacLeod

Cameron MacLeod

Executive Director at Carlington Community Health Centre
Catharine Vandelinde

Catharine Vandelinde

Executive Director at Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Corp.
Kathryn Norman

Kathryn Norman

Coordinator at Peace and Environment Resource Centre
Marie-Josée Houle

Marie-Josée Houle

Executive Director at Action-Logement
Sarah Lorenz

Sarah Lorenz

Housing Manager at Dalhousie Non-Profit Housing Co-operative

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  • Deirdre Freiheit
    Shepherds of Good Hope endorsed via 2020-09-25 14:25:06 -0400
  • Sally Thomas
    Ottawa Transit Riders endorsed via 2020-09-25 13:26:15 -0400
  • Peter Tilley
    Ottawa Mission endorsed via 2020-09-25 11:50:46 -0400
  • Patricia Magazoni Gonçalves
    CUPE 2626 endorsed via 2020-09-25 09:40:23 -0400
  • Jerry Fiori
    Ottawa Disability Coalition endorsed via 2020-09-25 09:11:09 -0400
  • Paul Johanis
    Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital endorsed via 2020-09-25 09:04:36 -0400
  • Sophia Jacob
    Social Planning Council of Ottawa endorsed via 2020-09-21 20:16:05 -0400
  • Robb Barnes
    Ecology Ottawa endorsed via 2020-09-20 08:05:13 -0400
  • Anita James
    Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre endorsed via 2020-09-17 16:59:24 -0400
  • Michel Gervais
    Vanier Community Service Centre endorsed via 2020-09-17 16:51:58 -0400
  • Michelle Hurtubise
    Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre endorsed via 2020-09-17 16:45:49 -0400
  • Kelli Tonner
    South East Ottawa Community Health Centre endorsed via 2020-09-17 16:43:33 -0400
  • David Gibson
    Sandy Hill Community Health Centre endorsed via 2020-09-17 16:36:02 -0400
  • Yacouba Traoré
    Rideau-Rockliffe Community Resource Centre endorsed via 2020-09-17 16:32:53 -0400
  • Christopher McIntosh
    Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre endorsed via 2020-09-17 16:28:10 -0400
  • Luc Ouellette
    Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre endorsed via 2020-09-17 16:25:06 -0400
  • Matthew Beutel
    Lowertown Community Resource Centre endorsed via 2020-09-17 16:20:55 -0400
  • Nathalie Lafrenière
    Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre endorsed via 2020-09-17 16:17:02 -0400
  • Simone Thibault
    Centretown Community Health Centre endorsed via 2020-09-17 16:13:18 -0400
  • Cameron MacLeod
    Carlington Community Health Centre endorsed via 2020-09-17 16:08:20 -0400
  • Sean McKenney
    Ottawa & District Labour Council endorsed via 2020-09-17 16:06:39 -0400
  • Catharine Vandelinde
    Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Corp. endorsed via 2020-09-17 15:38:43 -0400
  • Kathryn Norman
    Peace and Environment Resource Centre endorsed via 2020-09-14 12:44:36 -0400
  • Marie-Josée Houle
    Action-Logement endorsed via 2020-09-09 10:55:32 -0400
  • Karen Hawley
    endorsed 2020-09-01 10:50:46 -0400
  • Sarah Lorenz
    Dalhousie Non-Profit Housing Co-operative endorsed 2020-08-27 10:28:30 -0400
  • Kim Hiscott
    Andrew Fleck Children's Services endorsed 2020-08-27 10:12:57 -0400
  • Martine Dore
    Cornerstone Housing for Women endorsed 2020-08-24 14:23:07 -0400
  • Suzanne Guénette
    Coopérative d'habitation Voisins endorsed 2020-08-24 13:08:44 -0400
  • Kaeli Van Regan
    Alex Laidlaw Housing Co-op endorsed 2020-08-24 13:07:05 -0400