GTA Housing Action Lab Supports "Open Door" initiative

Statement from members of the GTA Housing Action Lab

City of Toronto “Open Door” program will build more affordable housing in Toronto

April 29, 2015 – Members of the GTA Housing Action Lab released the following statement today:

This week the City of Toronto announced a new ‘Open Door’ housing policy to support the construction of new affordable rental units. This $20 million fund is an important step towards changing the trajectory and building the affordable housing our city needs.

We strongly support Mayor Tory’s and Councilor Bailão’s announcement. The creation of this program will enable the City to work more effectively with the private and not-for-profit sectors to deliver the affordable rental housing we need.

While Toronto has built a huge number of new housing units in the last decade, the cost of housing has become increasingly unaffordable. 1 in 5 households live in housing that is too small, in need of repairs, or that costs more than 30% of their income. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are solutions, like this program, and it’s vital that we take action now.

We look forward to working with the City of Toronto and the development community as they work to implement the Open Door program. We also encourage the province to look at how this could scale across Ontario. small, in need of repairs, or that costs more than 30% of their income. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are solutions, like this program, and it’s vital that we take action now.

We look forward to working with the City of Toronto and the development community as they work to implement the Open Door program. We also encourage the province to look at how this could scale across Ontario.

Signed by:
Alan Broadbent, Chairman and CEO, Avana Capital Corporation, Chairman and Founder, Maytree
John Brodhead, Executive Director, Evergreen CityWorks
Daryl Chong, President & CEO, Greater Toronto Apartment Association
Anne Golden, Co-Director, City Building Institute, Ryerson University
Sharad Kerur, Executive Director, Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO, CivicAction
Graeme Stewart, ERA Architects, Co-Founder, Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal 
Bryan Tuckey, President and CEO, BILD
Ene Underwood, CEO, Habitat for Humanity GTA
Joe Vaccaro, CEO, Ontario Home Builders’ Association

The above organizations are all members of the GTA Housing Action Lab, a cross-sector collaboration working to deliver scalable solutions to the issues of housing affordability and sustainability. More information can be found at www.gtahousingactionlab.ca. 

The statement appears in its original form on Evergreen's website - http://www.evergreen.ca/en/blog/entry/statement-from-members-of-the-gta-housing-action-lab

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