Advancing Planning and Housing Items at City Council
Last week, I reported on several advancements we had made at Planning and Housing Committee. I wanted to provide a quick update on the number of items we discussed that week, which we have now passed at City Council:
- We approved the planning approval and community engagement process for Phase 2 of our Modular Housing Initiative, which will create over 120 units for those in need of supportive housing.
- We advanced a revitalization plan for the Dundas Sherbourne Neighbourhood, which sets a long-term vision for the community while addressing short-term challenges.
- We have authorized a lease with the Native Men's Residence for 218 Carleton Street to provide affordable rental housing for Indigenous men experiencing homelessness. This is in line with our HousingTO strategic action to enhance partnerships with Indigenous Community Partners.
- Approved a Memorandum of Understanding with United Property Resource Corporation to create 500 new affordable homes.
- Approved our Open Door Program applications, which will support up to 971 new affordable rental homes. Eleven of the 15 affordable housing developments are proposed by non-profit housing providers, and of these, three are by Indigenous groups.
- We have extended the moratorium on Toronto Community Housing evictions for non-payment of rent until June 17, with considerations for further extensions as a result of the pandemic.
- Received an update on our short-term rental regulation implementation and set further direction to protect Toronto's long-term rental stock.
To meet these challenges, we must take a comprehensive approach, working with our communities, housing partners and other levels of government. I will continue working with the Committee and Council to move all these initiatives forward, to ensure that our city is affordable for all.