Affordable Housing Symposium

Sept 20, 2019

A SYMPOSIUM TO SOLVE OUR CITY’S HOUSING CRISIS

All aspects of the housing continuum are facing challenges:

  • Vulnerable individuals, renters and homeowners are struggling with accessibility, vacancy rates, affordability and the stress test;
  • Builders are struggling with Community Benefits Charges, development charges, lands use assessment and complex planning processes;
  • Affordable housing advocates and social agencies are struggling with funding, land access and perceptual challenges;
  • Municipalities are looking for scaled solutions to achieve their community plans.

Leading communities have found ways to resolve these problems by adopting new models of cooperation and interaction.

We invite you to attend the second round of discussions on November 21.

We are planning a second round of discussions on November 21 to bring new models of cooperation forward that will offer solutions to the housing spectrum – from homelessness to affordable rent and ownership.

In this second half-day Symposium, we will address the issue that attendees of the first Symposium identified as the next question – Creating a Leadership Activating Group to move ahead with implementation of solutions.

The session will again be facilitated by Dr. Rebecca Sutherns of Sage Solutions.

Discussion to include:

  1. Recap of what was covered in September
  2. Where the discussion was left at the September Symposium – action call
  3. What is happening right now
  4. Thoughts on moving forward in collaboration
  5. Working group discussions

This event is organized by Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph in consultation with affordable housing leaders and stakeholders.

Interested parties can contact maggie@habitatwdg.ca to register.

Results of the 2-day Symposium held on Sept 19 and 20:

Download the Outcomes Summary HERE.

Download Media Release dated September 23, 2019 HERE.

Download Information Sheet HERE.

Copies of the presentations are available here:

Thank you to our facilitator:

Dr. Rebecca Sutherns, Sage Solutions

Thank you to the presenters:

Stewart McDonough, City of Guelph; Mark Poste, County of Wellington – Framing the Symposium

Greg Dewling, Capital Region Housing – Synergizing Across the Housing Continuum: Addressing All Needs

Jeff Neven / Graham Cubitt, Indwell – Case Study in Supportive Housing

Steve Cordes, Youth Opportunities Unlimited – Case Study in Social Enterprise

Bernadette Majdell, HomeSpace – Community Land Trusts and Co-operatives

Thank you to the participating organizations:

10C – 10 Carden

ARQi R&D

Blue Valley Building

Built for Zero

City of Guelph

Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp.

Community Living Guelph Wellington

County of Wellington

Family Transition Place

Guelph & District Association of REALTORS

Guelph & District Home Builders Association

Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination

Guelph City Council

Guelph Community Foundation

Guelph Community Health Clinic

Guelph Independent Living

GW Housing Committee

Habitat for Humanity

Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington

J. David McAuley Architect Inc.

Kindle Communities; CAFS

Lakeside HOPE House

Lammer Group

Legal Clinic of Guelph

Local Immigration Partnership

Marianne’s Place

Michael House

Options for Homes

Options International

Royal City Mission

Sentry Group Wealth Partners

TAMBRO Construction

Thresholds

West Neighbourhood House

WG Drug Strategy

Wyndham House

Together we can pave the way towards an affordable city for all.

ORGANIZED BY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WELLINGTON DUFFERIN GUELPH IN CONSULTATION WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING LEADERS AND STAKEHOLDERS |  FACILITATED BY DR. REBECCA SUTHERNS