Housing report

County making progress on affordable housing: report

Developments in Orillia, Bradford and Barrie will provide at least 330 new homes that will be affordable for residents of these communities when completed

Simcoe County released its eighth annual report card, Housing Our Future: 2021 Annual Report, to measure and evaluate the implementation of the recommendations contained in Our 10-Year Community Strategy for Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention.

The strategy sets a minimum goal of 2,685 new affordable housing units between 2014 and 2024. As of December 31, 2021, the county reported that 2,531 new units had been created since 2014, 94% of the way to its overall goal.

“We know that during the COVID-19 pandemic, housing has become more difficult for many people due to rising house prices and rental rates, said manager George Cornell.

“We recognize that the need continues to grow, which is why County Council has been so supportive of providing increased affordable housing stock across the county,” Cornell said. “This includes three new builds in various stages of progress in Orillia, Bradford West Gwillimbury and Barrie, which will provide at least 330 new affordable homes for residents of these communities when complete.

Here are highlights from Housing Our Future’s 2021 Annual Report:

  • Creation of 167 new units in 2021
  • County Council has approved a $28.4 million project in Bradford by the Simcoe County Housing Corporation to develop a mixed housing for families and seniors, in partnership with the City of Bradford West Gwillimbury
  • The Lighthouse’s Building Hope project, which received contributions from the federal and provincial governments, Simcoe County, the City of Orillia and a community fundraiser, opened in August 2021, creating 20 self-contained units with support services and 40 new shelters. beds for men and women, plus a five-bedroom youth wing on a 2.4-acre property in Orillia
  • Distribution of $1.29 million in rent supplement/housing allowance subsidies
  • Distribution of $377,200 in affordable down payment assistance for homeownership
  • Funding and distribution of over $1.3 million for secondary suites and urgent home repairs

Funding for the Affordable Housing Strategy comes from a variety of sources, including Simcoe County, the cities of Barrie and Orillia, and the governments of Canada and Ontario.

The county’s strategy will continue to focus on supporting residents by maximizing funding, meeting targets and working with area partners to create affordable housing for residents across the county. More information about this can be found at simcoe.ca/ourahhps.