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September 21 and 22
2 days, 2 disciplines, 2 ways to participate – defining our professional roles and uniting to build more equitable, accessible and inspired communities.
Housing is a complex issue and not one that municipal planners can or should expect to adress alone. Housing stability is a community issue requiring a collective, coordinated, and community-wide systems response. A systems-based response has been developed in London with the goal of achieving housing stability for all — many hands working purposely and thoughtfully together make for lighter work! Two examples of this systems approach are explored in this session: the City of London Housing Champions Table and the Housing Stability Action Plan for the City of London.
The Housing Champions Table brings multiple municpal service areas (housing, planning, development services, realty, finance) and ABC’s (the Housing Development Corporation London and the London Middlesex Community Housing Corporation) together to develop and coordinate workplans to strategically adress the local housing crisis. Thus far, the work of the table includes an affordable housing community improvement plan and policies and processes for activating surplus municipal lands and school sites for affordable housing. In 2020, the Housing Champions Table expects to advance London’s Affordable Housing Development Toolkit to implement the housing stability plan; create, retain, and enhance attainable, affordable housing stock; obtain lands at strategic locations for affordable housing; and support the regeneration of public housing.
The Housing Stability Action Plan is based on a model that requires shared leadership from the city and its ABC’s, commitment of government partners, engagement of the private sector, and cooperation of community parters around four strategic areas of focus: homelessness, creating more affordable housing stock, providing housing with supports, and transforming the housing service system. The preparation of the implementation plan to deliver on the strategies and actions identifed in the Housing Stability Action Plan commences in Q1 of 2020. The plan builds on the strategies identified, outlines priorities and sequencing, and identifies the contributions for specific action items.