As Councillor on the Region of Peel, I manage another budget and set of services. These include health, social services, affordable housing, waste and more.
We have set our strategic planning for the region and some of our focus is on reducing poverty, providing more affordable housing and stable employment.
Housing is considered affordable when it costs less than 30% of household income. The level of rent subsidy fluctuates depending on the income of the recipient.
With a long waiting list in a region that welcomes more people every day, our work focuses on reducing waiting times for people who need housing. In 2017, we purchased 323 new affordable rental units, assisted people who received a portable housing benefit to move into housing faster and allocated $24 million in state of good repair and energy efficiencies in social housing to maintain our current stock.
In our community, I assigned the Section 37 benefits of over $450,000 from an OMB approved apartment development to provide 10 affordable units in the future buildings. This is the first time the funds have been used for this purpose and they will be administered by the Region of Peel.
At City Council, I supported our Making Room for the Middle housing strategy. We are working with the private sector to encourage building more affordable housing for the growing middle class in Mississauga. This includes families whose income is between $55 - $100K. As this group finds more affordable housing they leave more opportunity for residents in even lower income levels to move into vacant housing.
We are also working on policies to keep our rental housing from being converted to condominium as we recognize the needs for different forms of housing for all our citizens. While we are working towards this goal we also need the province to make some small changes in legislation to make it doable.