Affordable and Special Needs Housing

The need for affordable housing impacts many of Markham’s residents and workers, whether they are a first time home buyer, a student looking for affordable rent, a single parent needing to find adequate housing, a senior citizen on a fixed income, a recent immigrant looking for affordable accommodation, a person no longer able to work due to a disability or unforeseen circumstance, or simply those with modest incomes.

In February 2011, the Development Services Committee of Council received a report and presentation outlining the findings and recommendations of an Affordable and Special Needs Strategy Study undertaken by the City's consultant SHS Consulting. At that time, the Committee requested that Staff review the consultant's recommended policy framework and report back on a draft Strategy.

Draft Strategy

On April 5, 2011 Development Services Committee received a staff report on a Draft Strategy and requested that it be posted on the City website for public review and comment. The Draft Strategy is a culmination of extensive data analysis, a comprehensive review of relevant legislation and background research, and broad stakeholder consultation. The Strategy focuses on practical steps that can be taken together with community partners to increase housing choices for Markham residents and workers.

The recommended housing actions outline opportunities for the City, through its role in policy development, provision of financial incentives, advocacy, partnerships and education, to meet the diverse needs of Markham’s residents and workers over time.

The Development Services Committee recommended that a Technical Resource Group be established to provide input on the draft Strategy and participate in the development of an implementation strategy.

Shared and Supportive Housing Policy Review

One of the recommendations of the consultant’s recommended policy framework was to conduct a further review of special needs housing gaps. Staff have retained SHS to complete a further review of City policies respecting Special Needs Housing, more particular the need for:

  • Shared Housing (ie. student housing, rooming houses, etc.)
  • Supportive Housing (ie. group homes, long term care homes, private retirement homes, residential care facilities, etc.)

On June 1, 2011 a stakeholder workshop was held by the City of Markham as part of its Shared and Supportive Housing Policy Review. Highlights of the workshop are posted on the City website for public review and comment.

Status

The Development Services Committee requested that Staff report back on final recommendations for an Affordable and Special Needs Housing Strategy and a plan to implement the actions outlined in the Strategy and incorporate policies for Affordable and Special Needs Housing into the proposed new Official Plan. It is anticipated that the recommendations of the consultant’s Shared and Supportive Housing Policy Review will also be addressed within the context of the proposed new Official Plan.

Reports/Presentations

2011

  • Affordable and Special Needs Housing Strategy - Handout
  • May 24 - Affordable and Special Needs Housing Strategy - Shared and Supportive Housing Policy Review, Presentation
  • Markham Inter-Church Committee for Affordable Housing (MICAH) Update, Background Information, Presentation
  • April 5 - Affordable and Special Needs Housing Strategy: Draft Strategy and Work Program for an Implementation Plan, Presentation, Report
  • Feb 22 - Affordable and Special Needs Housing Strategy: Recommended Policy Framework, Report
  • Feb 8 - Markham's Affordable and Special Needs Housing Strategy, Presentation

Contact

Murray Boyce, Senior Policy Coordinator

E-mail: mboyce@markham.ca

Phone: 905-477-7000 extension 2094