Toronto honours Affordable Housing Champions
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The City of Toronto today honoured 21 Affordable Housing Champions - non-profit and private sector developers that are creating more than 3,000 new affordable homes in the city this year.
The 2010 Affordable Housing Champions received the recognition in the form of a decorative hammer and a City scroll during a special awards breakfast prior to the start of the Affordable Housing Committee’s regular meeting.
“I want to congratulate the front-line partners who make affordable housing happen in this city,” said Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7 York West), Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee. “Without you, it would be much harder meeting the housing needs of Torontonians.”
The 2010 Affordable Housing Champions represent the dynamic mix of non-profit and private sector developers, large and small, who are building affordable rental and ownership homes. They are constructing more than 3,000 affordable rental and ownership homes this year.
“Our 2010 Housing Champions are the key to helping Torontonians live healthier, safer and more rewarding lives,” said Councillor Mammoliti.
City Council last year adopted Housing Opportunities Toronto - An Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020. Among its 67 actions was a goal by the City of creating 1,000 new affordable rental homes and 200 affordable ownership homes annually.
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Media contact: Gil Hardy, Affordable Housing Office, 416-397-4701, email@example.com
City of Toronto 2010 Affordable Housing Champions
Alternative Living Solutions
Alternative Living Solutions Inc. is a private sector organization that has been providing quality supportive and transitional housing in Toronto for 14 years. Its principals have been delivering affordable housing, supportive and transitional housing for more than 25 years. Through conversion of old buildings and new construction, they have created 104 affordable homes for homeless people and those experiencing mental illness. ALS has been a champion in its work to eliminate housing discrimination and create more inclusive communities in Toronto.
Artscape has been a champion in creating vibrant and affordable artist living spaces in Toronto since 1986. Artscape was established in response to an infringing development and real estate crisis in the arts community and over the past 24 years has pioneered the development of 10 landmark multi-tenant creative facilities. Four of Artscape’s facilities are live/work developments that provide long-term affordable ownership and rental housing opportunities for over 125 artists and their families.
Christian Resource Centre
The Christian Resource Centre operates rooming houses and provides a variety of successful support programs for those who are marginally housed or experiencing homelessness. In addition to these important contributions, the Christian Resource Centre is building 87 new deeply-affordable homes and is an important part of the Regent Park revitalization initiative. CRC has listened to the unique needs of marginalized people in their community and responded, making it a housing champion today.
Deauville Place Inc.
Deauville Place Inc. and its principals have a solid track record of providing quality affordable and supportive housing for more than 15 years. It is developing 62 quality apartments for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. The principals have successfully partnered with a number of community organizations to create safe, friendly and environmentally responsible housing. Deauville Place Inc. is a housing champion for providing quality and affordable homes in Toronto.
Habitat for Humanity Toronto
Established in 1988, Habitat for Humanity Toronto is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian housing organization. Habitat welcomes all people without discrimination to join them as they build simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. One hundred percent of all administrative and fundraising costs are paid for by the operation of three ReStores, which sell quality new and gently used donated building materials. Every 10 minutes, Habitat for Humanity helps a family improve their housing situation in more than 100 countries around the world.
Home Ownership Alternatives
Home Ownership Alternatives is a non-profit financial corporation dedicated to financing affordable ownership housing developments and assisting low- and moderate-income families to purchase a new home through the shared appreciation HOA 2nd Mortgage. This mortgage improves affordability as it requires no monthly payments of principal or interest. With over 2,500 homes financed over the last 10 years, Home Ownership Alternatives has supported developments where average household income of its purchaser families is below $50,000/year.
Medallion Corporation is a privately-owned development and property-management company. It strives to offer people comfortable and secure places to live and work, and be part of the community. Medallion’s recipe for success is to build top-quality homes at reasonable prices in the most preferred locations. With a proven track record of successful partnerships with government, Medallion is a champion for creating affordable rental housing.
Minto Apartments Ltd.
Minto Apartments Ltd. is a fully-integrated developer, builder and landlord that is dedicated to creating exceptional homes, communities and work places through continuous improvement in design, quality and customer experience. Building mixed-income and well-integrated communities has been a part of Minto’s successful 55-year history. As a leader in environmental sustainability, Minto is committed to building to LEED ® Canada Certification for all new developments. Minto is a housing champion for its expertise in building affordable rentals for low-income families and individuals in Toronto.
Miziwe Biik Development Corporation (MBDC) was established in 2004 to facilitate the economic advancement and self-sufficiency of the Aboriginal community in the GTA. To this end, MBDC focuses on access to affordable housing, home ownership, business development and training, business loans/grants and research.
Through the signing of an Administration Agreement with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in 2009, MBDC delivers the Off-Reserve Housing Trust Fund. The $20 million allocation to GTA Aboriginal service providers will fund affordable rental housing, down-payment loans to assist Aboriginal households to purchase their own homes and home repair loans. Miziwe Biik is a champion for creating housing opportunities that serve the needs of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people throughout Toronto.
Options for Homes
Options for Homes (Options) is a non-profit corporation that provides affordable home ownership solutions to low- and moderate-income families. Since 1993, it has completed eight developments that have provided homes for more than 1,500 households. Options’ latest development, the 643-unit Village by High Park, is under construction at Keele Street and Dundas Street West. Options hopes to attract several similar organizations to deliver its model in Toronto with the goal of producing up to 5,000 homes per year.
By decreasing development costs and increasing buyer financing options with its innovative Alternative Mortgage second mortgage program, Options for Homes has been a champion by offering people the opportunity to own affordable, high quality homes in great communities.
Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre
Since 1977, Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to address the issues of poverty, safety and livability in their community. PARC offers a range of community programs and provides permanent supportive and affordable housing for people who have suffered from mental health barriers, struggled with addiction and survived long periods of homelessness. PARC is a cornerstone of the community and a housing champion that delivers safe, permanent and affordable housing in Toronto.
Patricia and Bathurst Developments Inc.
Patricia and Bathurst Developments Inc. is a partnership of firms specializing in residential real estate development, construction management and property management services with more than 25 years of experience. Their dedicated work will provide 237 new affordable rental homes for seniors and people with disabilities in a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient building. Patricia and Bathurst Developments is a champion for successfully creating mixed-income and inclusive communities.
St. Clair West Affordable Housing Group Inc.
St. Clair West Affordable Housing Group Inc. is a collaboration among individuals, churches and neighbourhood service providers who have rallied around the issue of affordable housing. They are partnering with community agencies to provide supportive, affordable rental housing to victims of domestic violence, persons with disabilities and the working poor. St. Clair West is creating 20 well-serviced, safe and affordable homes and is a champion for creating affordable housing that reflects the diverse needs of the community and promotes opportunity and participation for all.
St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society
Since its inception in the mid-1990s, St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society has developed 177 new affordable homes for homeless people by converting existing buildings. This championing of affordable and supportive housing continues. At present, St. Clare’s Multifaith is building 190 new affordable homes in a mixed-income community, including artist live-work studios, subsidized apartments for those in shelters and market rental housing.
The Remington Group Inc.
The Remington Group Inc. is a privately-owned real estate company that offers a diverse portfolio of housing developments across the GTA. Over the years, it has successfully partnered with the City of Toronto to provide purpose-built rental apartment buildings that serve the needs of low-income seniors, people with disabilities and other vulnerable Torontonians. Remington Group is a champion of innovation and leadership, building with green technologies, and contributing to well-served, mixed-income communities.
Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing is Canada’s largest social housing provider and home to more than 164,000 tenants, about six per cent of the city’s population, with low and moderate incomes; including seniors, families, singles, refugees, new immigrants and people with special needs. Toronto Community Housing employs 1,400 staff in a broad range of jobs who deliver its mandate to provide affordable housing, connect tenants to services and opportunities and work together to build healthy communities. It is this dedication that we want to recognize today; this is what truly makes Toronto Community Housing a housing champion.
Verdiroc Development Corporation
Verdiroc is a family-owned building and development corporation that has partnered with community agencies to provide new affordable rental housing. With its roots in the Greenwin Construction Company, it has been actively building and developing in Toronto for more than 60 years. Verdiroc has participated in the development of almost 2,000 affordable housing homes. At its new 1033 Queen Street West project, it has proudly partnered with Forum Equity Partners and is delighted to be building next door to the new CAMH redevelopment. Verdiroc offers low and moderate rents and support services to seniors, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, recent immigrants and others in need of affordable housing. Verdiroc is a champion for meeting the diverse housing needs in Toronto and creating well designed and appealing communities that people proudly call home.
Wigwamen Incorporated is Ontario's oldest and largest urban Aboriginal housing provider and one of the largest in Canada. Wigwamen recognizes the solution to poverty and homelessness is affordable housing and it is this perspective that guides its work. Wigwamen is a champion that has provided 405 safe and affordable homes to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal families and individuals throughout the City of Toronto.
WoodGreen Community Housing Inc.
WoodGreen is one of the largest social service providers in Toronto, serving 37,000 clients each year from 23 locations in Toronto’s East End. A founding United Way member agency, WoodGreen enhances self-sufficiency, promotes well-being and reduces poverty through innovative solutions to critical social needs. It provides affordable housing, employment, support for newcomers to Canada, child care, services for seniors and mental health and developmental services. WoodGreen is a champion for providing integrated, transitional and supportive housing, as well as affordable rental housing for low-income people.
WRP Neighbourhood Housing
WRP Neighbourhood Housing was formed in 2000 as a Millennium Project by 40 Catholic Women Religious Congregations (Women Religious Project) to create affordable ownership homes on a site in east Scarborough. Through a unique partnership with the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, WRP overcame numerous challenges and adversity, and showed dedication, passion and commitment to the goal of providing much-needed, affordable housing in the community. WRP is a champion for creating opportunities for people to realize their dream of home ownership.
YWCA of Greater Toronto
Since 1873, YWCA Toronto has offered a range of housing options for women, including emergency shelters and transitional, permanent and supportive housing. This important work responds to the needs of women who are homeless or fleeing abuse, or those who simply want an affordable place where they can be part of the community. This champion is currently in the process of developing the Elm Centre, located just behind City Hall, the largest affordable and supportive housing project in Canada, which will provide 300 rental homes.
Gil Hardy, Affordable Housing Office, 416-397-4701, firstname.lastname@example.org