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4.5.2

Update and monitor the implementation of the Region of Waterloo Affordable Housing Strategy prioritizing the creation of new supportive and lower income housing.

greenstatusFinal update (September 2014)
On October 29, 2008, Regional Council endorsed a new Affordable Housing Strategy (AHS) to help create at least 500 new units of sustainable affordable housing between 2008 and the end of 2013. As of December 2013, the Region had developed 513 units (103%) towards the 500-unit goal, including 373 affordable rental and supportive housing units (312 completed and 61 under development) and 140 affordable homeownerships.  The 513 new AHS units bring the total number of affordable housing units since 2001 that the Region has helped to create to 2,062 units.

There are still over 3100 households on the waitlist and the wait times are increasing as the Region has been designated as a center of growth in the province and supportive housing will continue to be an issue. A new Affordable Housing Strategy 2014-2019 was endorsed by Regional Council on June 4, 2014. The goal for the 2014-2019 AFH Strategy is to address the needs of at least 700 households. This will include the creation of 350 new units and renewing or renovating 350 existing units.

Progress Update (September 2013)

On October 29, 2008, Regional Council endorsed a new Affordable Housing Strategy (AHS) to help create at least 500 new units of sustainable affordable housing, between 2008 and the end of 2013 (P-08-105). As of September 2013, the Region had developed 508 units (101%) towards the 500-unit goal, including 376 affordable rental and supportive housing units (310 completed and 66 under development) and 132 affordable homeownerships. The 508 new AHS units bring the total number of affordable housing units since 2001 that the Region has helped to create to 2,057.

Progress Update (January 2013)

On October 29, 2008, Regional Council endorsed a new Affordable Housing Strategy (AHS) to help create at least 500 new units of sustainable affordable housing between 2008 and the end of 2013.

By the end of 2011, the Region had developed 382 units (75 per cent) towards the 500-unit goal, including 284 affordable rental and supportive housing units and 98 affordable homeownerships. 

On March 8, 2012, Regional Council approved five new priority projects representing up to 70 new affordable rental and supportive housing units throughout the region. This would bring the AHS total to 452 new units created, representing 90 per cent of the 500-unit goal.  By the end of 2011 there were 3,280 active households on the waiting list. 

Progress Indicators

  • Number of new units of sustainable affordable housing created, compared to goal

Related Links

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)