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Report Offers Look at Housing and Homelessness Issues and Action in Kingston and County of Frontenac

April 11, 2013 -

The City and the County of Frontenac are issuing a Report on Housing and Homelessness to residents in this week's Kingston This Week and Frontenac This Week.  This first annual report offers an overview, including statistics, on the state of housing and homelessness in the area during 2012.

"Enabling more affordable housing is one of the City's highest priorities. This is a framework for monitoring our efforts as we work to improve the availability of affordable housing in the City and County," says Sheldon Laidman, the City's Housing Director.

The 12-page report offers a number of compelling local housing facts and statistics, including:

  • $1005 – the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Kingston
  • $34,000 – income needed to afford a market-rate one-bedroom apartment in Kingston
  • Over $180,000 worth of repairs/renovations were completed to help make homes energy efficient, safe or accessible under the Kingston Frontenac Renovates program
  • Thirteen homes were purchased with the help of City's Home Ownership Program aimed at helping eligible renters become homeowners
  • The Kingston Frontenac Housing Corporation added 27 affordable housing units for Seniors on Queen Mary Road.
  • Kingston provides funding to 86 emergency  shelter beds
  • Emergency shelter usage increased in 2012 to 20,798 total bed nights
  • Provincial funding for shelters was reduced by 15 per cent in 2012.
  • 54 months is the average wait time for social housing in Kingston

The Report includes performance indicators that will be used to measure the success of City and County programs.  These include: Social Housing wait lists, vacancy rates for local Market Housing, average rents and the incomes required to make them affordable, shelter-usage (bed nights), shelter stay length, new housing completions by unit type, and average home sale prices.

The Report will also be up tomorrow at www.CityofKingston.ca/housing.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.