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10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan

Have Your Say! - We are reviewing the 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan. Find out more about this exciting review.

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Progress Report 2017 - now available

The housing and homelessness report "Progress Report 2017" with the 20 Commitments and Outcomes (2014-2017) supporting document are now available!

This is the fourth annual report on progress made on goals in the 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan for the City and County of Peterborough. Members of the Joint Services Steering Committee received the report for information on June 14, 2018.

As you will see, the 2017 report includes highlights of achievements made by the City and community partners. The addition of the 20 Commitments and Outcomes supporting document shows progress made since the Plan began in 2014. The achievements to date would not have been possible without the depth of community partnership and integrated services that make up these programs and initiatives. This collaborative work helps vulnerable people in our community. The report shows local challenges and looks forward into planning for the future.

These two documents will be helpful in the Five-year Review of the Plan which is scheduled to start this summer with a community consultation. This work is steered by a commitment to working together with people who use housing and homelessness services as well as those who work/volunteer in those and related areas.

Collaboration has helped us achieve many accomplishments that better serve people who have housing needs, including:

  • 128 low income households received a municipal rent supplement to help pay their rent;
  • 6 renter households received assistance to buy a home;
  • 19 new affordable rental apartments were in development;
  • 45 low-income homeowners got help for necessary repairs, upgrades and accessibility modifications;
  • There were 3,395 issuances of the Housing Stability Fund to help pay for rent and utility arrears, last month’s rent and other housing costs;
  • 238 unique individuals were supported through the Homelessness Coordinated Response Team;
  • Social Services secured almost $1 million in new “Home for Good” funding for homelessness supports in partnership with community agencies; and
  • As a result of the Home for Good funding, there are 31 new units of supportive housing for vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness.

Thanks to the contribution from internal and external stakeholders, annual Progress Reports provide updates on housing and homelessness work in the City and County of Peterborough.

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 2018/19.

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: 

Local information is available through the following websites:

Stay Involved!

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