Affordable Housing Unit
The Affordable Housing Unit works with both the private and not-for-profit sectors on the development of affordable housing in an effort to advance the objectives of the City’s 10 Year Housing and Homelessness Plan. The Affordable Housing Unit has four areas of business:
- Delivering the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) for Ontario Program, which may include the following components:
- New Affordable Rental Housing
- Ontario Renovates Program
- Homeownership Down Payment Assistance
- Facilitating the development of affordable housing by identifying and negotiating ways to improve housing affordability for low income households, including negotiating and advocating with other levels of government, community agencies, developers and other City departments.
- Developing and managing funding and incentive programs to support the development of affordable housing by leveraging other resources, including federal and provincial funding, private funding, land and other equity.
- Developing community capacity by brokering partnerships in the community to transfer and share knowledge, skills and expertise, as well as to leverage additional resources to increase the supply of affordable housing.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Housing Services branch at 613-580-2424 ext. 12300.
Action Ottawa is the City’s primary program for increasing the supply of low-income affordable housing in Ottawa. The program is designed to facilitate the development of mixed income communities, including supportive housing, that are well designed and well managed, and built on a scale that ensures integration within the existing neighbourhood.
Action Ottawa combines City incentives with funding from all three levels of government to assist private and non-profit developers in building new affordable rental housing for moderate and low-income households. Action Ottawa bundles fee relief and capital grants and in some cases City-owned land. The overall objective of Action Ottawa is to support the creation of needed affordable housing by making available significant municipal resources and facilitating access to programs provided by other levels of government.
Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario Program
The Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) for Ontario Program provides federal and provincial funding for the creation of affordable housing in Ontario. The IAH program is divided into two funding streams with 5 optional components, three of which are capital programs (Rental Housing, Homeownership Assistance, and Ontario Renovates) and two are operating components (Rent Supplements and Housing Allowances).
In April 2015, City Council approved the capital spending plan for the IAH 2014 Extension Program totalling $48,298,000 over six years (2014 – 2020). In September 2016, City Council approved and updated its IAH capital spending plan resulting from $19,174,000 in additional funding over two years (2016-2018) received from the provincial and federal governments’ Social Infrastructure Fund (SIF) for a total of $67,474,000.
These programs are a continuation of the original IAH program that ran from 2011 to 2015, which provided the City with $25.8 million over four years, in addition to approximately $17 million of City capital. Highlights from the investments made during the 2011 to 2014 term of Council include:
- A total of 743 new units were approved, completed or funded with priority given to supportive housing for long stay shelter clients, units for larger families, and for households with accessibility requirements.
- Of these units, 179 were earmarked for seniors, 186 for supportive housing, and 378 for individual households, including families.
For more information on the IAH Program Guidelines, IAH 2014 Extension Program and the SIF IAH, including the capital spending plans, please review the following reports: