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10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan

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Housing and Homelessness Plan "Progress Report 2015"

The Progress Report 2015 has been received by members of the Joint Services Steering Committee (on June 9, 2016). This report shows the second year's progress towards reaching the outcomes in the 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan for Peterborough (2014 to 2024).

It captures key accomplishments under nine (9) of the twenty (20) commitments set out in the Plan. They range from creating 43 new units of affordable housing to helping move eight (8) people who were homeless into permanent housing. Thanks to the contribution from internal and external stakeholders, this Progress Report provides an update on our work. 

This is only the second year of the Plan, with a number of projects and initiatives in their early stages of development but expected to make positive impacts for the future. The Progress Report 2015 emphasizes progress in relation to the baseline year (2014) as well as those that will lead to longer-term impacts.  This report also includes priority action items for the 2016 year.

About the Development of the Plan

In late 2013 the Plan was approved by City Council and endorsed by County Council. In 2014, the City of Peterborough, as the Service Manager for Housing and Social Services for the City and County of Peterborough, launched the Plan. It created a long-term vision and identified goals that reflect the distinct housing and homelessness-related issues and needs in the Peterborough region. It is a plan for housing and homeless programs and services for the next ten years.

Vision for the Peterborough region:

We will eliminate long-term homelessness and ensure quality housing that all residents can afford by:

  • engaging those in need;
  • enhancing community and partner involvement; and
  • leveraging resources from the community, the private sector and government.

Community Consultation and Engagement - To develop the Plan a wide range of voices were heard.  Over 150 people were contacted through the consultation process led by Tim Welch Consulting and Public Interest in 2013. Community engagement, along a local needs assessment, helped to ensure that the Plan was guided by the realities facing the City and County of Peterborough. See the Summary Needs Assessment or the full Housing and Homelessness Plan Needs Assessment for more information.

The 2014 Message from the Mayor about the development of the Plan acknowledges the role of the City as Service Manager for Housing and Social Services, and thanks participants who were involved.

Four Themes - The following four themes emerged from community consultations and the findings in the 2013 needs assessment.

4 themes of the Housing and Homelessness Plan for Peterborough

Provincial Requirements 

The 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan was developed in accordance with provincial legislation and direction.  Local plans have to support co-ordination of housing and homelessness services, increase access, and measure progress toward specific targets.  The City's Plan was developed in consultation with key stakeholders, and will be reviewed using similar consultative methods, at the midway point, in 2018.

The Progress Report is the City's annual report to the public, about achieving the goals of the Plan, and to demonstrate how the City's commitments are improving outcomes for individuals and families.

Looking for more information?

Feel free to review the following website and documents: 

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Stay Involved!

You can have your say by sending your comments by email to housing@peterborough.ca.