QUEEN'S PARK: Tackling the issue of homelessness

Opinion Apr 14, 2016 by MPP Ted McMeekin, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale Flamborough Review

Forty-one years ago, I wrote my Master’s thesis on how to eradicate homelessness. There are only three people who ever read it: myself, my professor, and my dear wife, who typed it for me. I tell you this because just recently my daughter said to me, “Dad, you’re always talking about how you wrote your Master’s thesis on homelessness and housing. Well, now you’re the Minister of Housing. So do something about it.”

After several recent announcements by our government, I’m proud to say we are doing something about it. While the results won’t be seen overnight, we are making progress in helping our most vulnerable citizens.

The first plank in this journey was the report of our Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness, entitled, A Place to Call Home. The document, released in October, provides a clear path toward our government’s goal to eliminate chronic homelessness over the next 10 years.

In February, our government announced $92 million for social housing retrofits through the Green Investment Fund. Hamilton will receive roughly $7.1 million to upgrade social housing in the city.

The third announcement was the release of our updated Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy, which included, among many initiatives, a plan to give municipalities the power to require inclusionary zoning in new developments in their communities. This will help increase the stock of affordable housing in the province.

I encourage you to read the two reports mentioned above. Both can by accessed by visiting www.mah.gov.on.ca. They will guide our government as we embark on very ambitious journey to eliminate homelessness.

Ending homelessness requires a system built on partnerships with the private and non-profit sectors, and between all levels of government. And I’m so glad Canada’s new government agrees with Ontario that there is a need to invest in housing and infrastructure.

For the first time in a long time, I think all three levels of government have a shared sense of purpose.

The sky is clearing . . . but there are still a few clouds left to be cleared away.

I promise you this – we’ll keep at it.

QUEEN'S PARK: Tackling the issue of homelessness

Opinion Apr 14, 2016 by MPP Ted McMeekin, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale Flamborough Review

Forty-one years ago, I wrote my Master’s thesis on how to eradicate homelessness. There are only three people who ever read it: myself, my professor, and my dear wife, who typed it for me. I tell you this because just recently my daughter said to me, “Dad, you’re always talking about how you wrote your Master’s thesis on homelessness and housing. Well, now you’re the Minister of Housing. So do something about it.”

After several recent announcements by our government, I’m proud to say we are doing something about it. While the results won’t be seen overnight, we are making progress in helping our most vulnerable citizens.

The first plank in this journey was the report of our Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness, entitled, A Place to Call Home. The document, released in October, provides a clear path toward our government’s goal to eliminate chronic homelessness over the next 10 years.

In February, our government announced $92 million for social housing retrofits through the Green Investment Fund. Hamilton will receive roughly $7.1 million to upgrade social housing in the city.

The third announcement was the release of our updated Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy, which included, among many initiatives, a plan to give municipalities the power to require inclusionary zoning in new developments in their communities. This will help increase the stock of affordable housing in the province.

I encourage you to read the two reports mentioned above. Both can by accessed by visiting www.mah.gov.on.ca. They will guide our government as we embark on very ambitious journey to eliminate homelessness.

Ending homelessness requires a system built on partnerships with the private and non-profit sectors, and between all levels of government. And I’m so glad Canada’s new government agrees with Ontario that there is a need to invest in housing and infrastructure.

For the first time in a long time, I think all three levels of government have a shared sense of purpose.

The sky is clearing . . . but there are still a few clouds left to be cleared away.

I promise you this – we’ll keep at it.

QUEEN'S PARK: Tackling the issue of homelessness

Opinion Apr 14, 2016 by MPP Ted McMeekin, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale Flamborough Review

Forty-one years ago, I wrote my Master’s thesis on how to eradicate homelessness. There are only three people who ever read it: myself, my professor, and my dear wife, who typed it for me. I tell you this because just recently my daughter said to me, “Dad, you’re always talking about how you wrote your Master’s thesis on homelessness and housing. Well, now you’re the Minister of Housing. So do something about it.”

After several recent announcements by our government, I’m proud to say we are doing something about it. While the results won’t be seen overnight, we are making progress in helping our most vulnerable citizens.

The first plank in this journey was the report of our Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness, entitled, A Place to Call Home. The document, released in October, provides a clear path toward our government’s goal to eliminate chronic homelessness over the next 10 years.

In February, our government announced $92 million for social housing retrofits through the Green Investment Fund. Hamilton will receive roughly $7.1 million to upgrade social housing in the city.

The third announcement was the release of our updated Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy, which included, among many initiatives, a plan to give municipalities the power to require inclusionary zoning in new developments in their communities. This will help increase the stock of affordable housing in the province.

I encourage you to read the two reports mentioned above. Both can by accessed by visiting www.mah.gov.on.ca. They will guide our government as we embark on very ambitious journey to eliminate homelessness.

Ending homelessness requires a system built on partnerships with the private and non-profit sectors, and between all levels of government. And I’m so glad Canada’s new government agrees with Ontario that there is a need to invest in housing and infrastructure.

For the first time in a long time, I think all three levels of government have a shared sense of purpose.

The sky is clearing . . . but there are still a few clouds left to be cleared away.

I promise you this – we’ll keep at it.