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September 24, 2008
Media Advisory - International forum caps affordable housing consultations
Experts from Ireland, England and the U.S. will bring an international perspective to bear on the City’s 10-year affordable housing action plan, Housing Opportunities Toronto (HOT), on September 29 at St. Lawrence Hall. Unleashing the Power of Affordable Housing: An International Forum will be the culmination of extensive consultations on HOT that began last April. The plan is expected to be considered by City Council early in 2009.

The forum will be hosted by Councillor Shelley Carroll, Executive Committee member and Budget Chief. Participants will include local housing stakeholders, elected and government officials and members of the public.

Presenting will be:
• Dr. Michelle Norris, Lecturer, School of Applied Social Sciences, University College Dublin
• Robin Snyderman, Vice-President of Community Development, Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago
• Alan Benson, Head of Housing and Homelessness, Greater London Authority
• Jim Bennett, Head of Policy, The Housing Corporation, London

Date: Monday, September 29, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: St. Lawrence Hall, 157 King St. E., Great Hall

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 numerous 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 contact: Gil Hardy, Affordable Housing Office, (416) 397-4701,, day of event (416) 738-2666



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