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Leeds and Grenville: Affordable Housing


Having shelter is a basic human need. Having access to affordable, adequate, and suitable housing is a critical issue for immigrants and born-Canadians alike. As noted in the Pathways 2 Prosperity Welcoming Communities Toolkit, some Key Indicators are:


• Housing affordability: percent of before tax household income (from all sources) spent on

housing (aiming for less than 30%)


• Availability of subsidized, non-profit, and co-op housing


• Availability of housing that is of adequate quality (e.g., not in need of major repairs or

renovations; no infestations)


• Evidence of overcrowded housing (based on age, sex/gender, and number of household

members)


• Rate of core housing need (living in an unsuitable, inadequate, or unaffordable dwelling and

unable to afford alternative housing in the community)


• Rate of supply and vacancy of suitable housing (e.g., availability of rentals/homes for

purchase that are accessible by transit and adequate in size)


• Evidence of housing stability


• Rate of homeownership


• Rate of unsheltered homelessness/unhoused


• Rate of “hidden homelessness” (e.g., involuntary “doubling-up,” couch surfing, sharing

accommodations)


• Evidence of discrimination in acquiring and living in housing (from property managers,

landlords, and/or real estate agents)


• Availability of reliable information in both official languages and other top languages of new

arrivals about housing markets in Canada and tenants’ rights and responsibilities


• Level of knowledge about the housing market and how to obtain housing in Canada


• Level of knowledge of rights and responsibilities as tenants and homeowners


• Level of satisfaction with:

o information for immigrants about housing markets in Canada and tenants’ rights and

responsibilities

o one’s current housing situation


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