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Housing & Homelessness Report Released for 2013

May 5, 2014 -

The City and County of Frontenac have issued the 2013 report on the status of Housing & Homelessness in Kingston.  Amongst other updates, the report highlights the 10-Year Municipal Housing and Homelessness Strategic Plan, approved by Council in December 2013.

"This Report was initiated last year to help measure progress on housing and homelessness – priority issues for the City and County of Frontenac. The 10-Year Plan details the strategies to end chronic homelessness and facilitate affordable housing," says Leesa Owram, Housing Program Administrator. 

She notes that the vacancy rate – the key housing market indicator – was up to 2.3 per cent in 2013 from 1.7 per cent in 2012 (3 per cent is considered ideal), but rents continued to rise in step with the Ontario Rent Guideline.

The eight page Report – available at www.CityofKingston.ca/housing or at City Hall, 216 Ontario St. – offers updates on:

  • Kingston's housing stock – 766 new housing permits were issued in 2013 (up from 615 in 2012)
  • The Social Housing Registry – the number of individuals and families waiting for social housing dropped to 1,110 in 2013, from 1,176 in 2012.
  • The 2013 Homelessness Point in Time Count – found the City's homelessness rate to be 8.59 persons per 10,000. The Canadian average is 8.57.
  • A County of Frontenac Homelessness Survey showed 42 people were homeless on any given night.
  • The use of shelter services – 864 individuals used shelters in 2013, up 818 in 2012. This year, the City and County have initiated a Housing First approach to help end chronic homelessness and reduce the need for shelter beds.
  • The Rideau Heights Regeneration Strategy – planning to integrate mixed housing and build a new community centre was initiated in 2013.
  • Kingston Frontenacs Renovates – 31 people took advantage of this program that helps people remain in their homes by providing financial assistance for urgent upgrades.
  • Secondary Suites Program – 12 permits for suites were issued in 2013 which helps to create more affordable housing options.
  • The United Way of KFL&A End Youth Homelessness project.
  • Affordable Housing Capital Investment Program – 10 units were created on Canatara Court and funding was committed for another seven.

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