Advocacy for Affordable Housing

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) defines “affordable housing” as 80% of the average market rent in an area. In Toronto in 2014, the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $1035 and for a bachelor is $876. According to CMHC, affordable for a one-bedroom is $828 and for a bachelor is $700.

However those who receive Ontario Works or are on the Ontario Disability Support Program find that their shelter monthly component is woefully inadequate (1/2 to 2/3 of what is needed). This means that for many, affordable housing isn’t really affordable.

At CRC, we work with rooming house owners to provide the most affordable housing available. Our goal is to house people, and to work with landlords and service providers to keep them housed.

Our staff members are skilled in mediation techniques and are able to provide landlords and tenants with resources and referrals that work to keep tenants housed.

We also sit on the Rooming House Working Group and other partnerships to advocate for deeply affordable housing, notably in the rooming house sector.

Supporting Regent Park Residents through the Redevelopment

Living through change is difficult in the best of times. Those of us who have lived through a home renovation know that the noise, dust and inconvenience can be unbearable at times.

Now imagine a renovation as large as the one that Regent Park residents are living with. For many families, Regent Park isn’t just their home, it’s where they find their supports. Many residents don’t have families and so their neighbours become their family. Having to move from their home to make way for the redevelopment creates complex loss for many.

CRC has supported families and individuals through this redevelopment, allowing room to grieve the loss of their community as it is today, and inspire hope for what the community will become in the future. We have worked to ensure residents are treated respectfully when making decisions about where they will relocate to, continued contact with them while they are in other communities, and worked with them to remain involved in discussions about the future plans for the Regent Park community. When it was time to return to their new home, CRC played a key role in welcoming and integrating them back into the newly emerging community!

For information please contact:

Phil Nazar
Housing Manager
416-363-4234 ext. 222