Carleton University’s Steve Pomeroy, senior research fellow at the Centre for Urban Research and Education (CURE), has published a new paper with recommendations to ensure sustainable affordable housing in Canada.
As part of the early stages of the new the National Housing Strategy (NHS), a discussion has started about building capacity and the need to modernize, and reinvent Canada’s social housing.
“With the maturing of long-term federal subsidies, a large backlog of unmet housing need, and the announcement of a national housing strategy, it is time to review, rethink and reform the way we design and deliver affordable housing,” said Pomeroy. “This includes building capacity and knitting an array of programming together into a coherent and sustainable system.”
Pomeroy identifies potential steps and incentives needed to encourage change and the associated frameworks, tools and tactics that can address the challenges facing the stock of affordable housing.
A sustainable future requires changes, including the way subsidy funding related to supporting affordability is delivered and how it impacts project sustainability, new institutional structures to strengthen the community housing sector, stronger resident services, and a process to use the accumulated equity in existing social housing assets.
There is no consensus on the reasons why the sector is not sustainable, nor is there consensus on the objectives and outcomes that modernization should achieve. Pomeroy frames these challenges and opportunities and provides insight into what modernization and renewal might entail. He also presents a vision of a possible sustainable future.
The paper will be presented November 22nd at the CMHC National Housing Conference, being held in Ottawa. The paper can be found here: https://carleton.ca/cure/wp-content/uploads/Envisioning-a-strengthened-social-housing-sector-FINAL-Oct-2018.pdf.
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