Today, the City of London, together with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Housing Development Corporation, London hosted the 2017 National Housing Day Forum.
This year’s theme Beyond the Bricks and Mortar brought over 150 policy makers, developers, support providers, front line workers and advocates, together to reflect on the accomplishments and achievements in addressing housing and homelessness and to recognize the contributions made towards improving the quality of lives of our city’s most vulnerable.
The forum also focused on the work that still needs to be done to ensure all Londoners have safe and affordable housing, including continued support and collaboration from all levels of government and community organizations to address housing and homelessness in London.
“We know London, Ontario and the entire country is facing a housing crisis. Locally, there are nearly 3,000 households on the wait list for affordable housing,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “The City of London and so many others are working tirelessly to increase our affordable housing stock and improve what we have now.”
“It is exciting to celebrate our success with our partners here today however we also recognize that much more is needed,” said Dave Purdy, Manager, Housing Services. “Today’s event solidifies the importance of a collaborative approach. The sharing and exchange of information today is instrumental in working towards achieving our goals.”
The City continues to work with partners including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities ‘Big City Mayors’ Caucus, Association of Municipalities Ontario, Members of Parliament and Members of Provincial Parliament in shaping the development of the National Housing Strategy and investment by both the federal and provincial governments to support the affordable housing needs of Londoners.
Homeless prevention and affordable housing are key areas of focus in in City Council’s Strategic Plan for the City of London 2015-2019.