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January 23, 2008
Toronto declares support for FCM Affordable Housing Plan
  
The National Action Plan “Sustaining the Momentum” released today in Vancouver by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is a strong endorsement of the need for continued federal action on housing and homelessness, according to Mayor David Miller.

“The FCM provides a blueprint of key actions to provide affordable housing for Canadians. I am pleased to endorse the plan and the call for action and investments to end homelessness, repair existing homes and provide housing opportunities,” said Mayor Miller.

The plan proposes a 10-year, $3.35 billion commitment to help 1.4 million families and individuals in housing need. Specific actions include: create or repair affordable rental housing, create new supportive and transitional housing for the homeless, help homeowners and landlords repair housing and invest in rent supplements and assisted home ownership. The FCM says federal and provincial governments must commit to long-term funding to make the plan work.

“Both the FCM Plan and our Housing Opportunities Toronto (HOT) call for federal and provincial housing and homeless investments, and the renewal of expiring programs such as Homelessness Partnering Strategy, the Affordable Housing Program and the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program. Now is the time to build on the success of our recent efforts and help provide a housing future for all Torontonians,” said Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, Co-Chair of FCM’s Canadian Municipal Housing Action Network (CMHAN) and Chair of Toronto’s Affordable Housing Committee.

Councillor Mammoliti actively supported development of the plan and participated in its unveiling in Vancouver today, along with Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan and London Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best. They were also to meet with Governor General Michaelle Jean to discuss the plan and other housing issues.

Toronto will shortly begin consultations on its own HOT initiative and a comprehensive 10-year affordable housing plan is expected to be considered by City Council later this year. Details of consultations will be available at www.toronto.ca/affordablehousing/index.htm.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.


Media contacts:

Stuart Green, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7119, stugreen@toronto.ca
Gil Hardy, Affordable Housing Office, 416-397-4701, ghardy@toronto.ca


 

 

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