News & Public Notices
City highlights housing initiatives for National Housing Day
November 21, 2016 -
Tomorrow is National Housing Day – a good time to highlight a number of City of Kingston programs and services aimed at helping people find and keep affordable homes.
"Facilitating affordable housing is a top priority for the City. The cost of housing is the main component of household budgets. These City efforts are intended to make more housing more affordable for more people in Kingston's tight housing market," says Sheldon Laidman, director of housing & social services.
He notes that the City is guided in its approach to housing by strategies outlined in the 10-Year Municipal Housing and Homelessness Plan. Its goal is to end chronic homelessness in Kingston by 2023 (it is available at www.CityofKingston.ca/Housing).
Here are some of this City's housing highlights:
- From January 1 to June 30, 75 clients were housed in permanent homes through the City of Kingston's Housing First/Rapid Re-housing program.
- Kingston was named a Resettlement Assistance Program Centre by the Federal Government.
- Work continues on the implementation of the Rideau Heights Regeneration Strategy. This year's work included the design of the new Community Centre and Shannon Park improvements.
- The City received $1,616,000 from the Ministry of Housing through the Social Housing Improvement Program (SHIP) to support rehabilitation of social housing – and to make it more energy and water efficient.
The City and County of Frontenac continue to operate these programs for those seeking to own safe and affordable homes (for details on these programs, see www.CityofKingston.ca/Housing):
- Kingston-Frontenac Renovates – this program helps eligible homeowners access funds to complete renovations to make their homes safe, accessible and efficient so they can stay in them longer.
- Municipal Home Ownership – this program helps eligible people access funds for a down payment on their first homes.
- Secondary Suites Program – this program offers grants to help homeowners create affordable suites to rent out in their homes. This creates affordable housing – and helps homeowners to pay off their mortgages.
About the City of Kingston
The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality – ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.
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