10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan

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Housing provides a solid foundation for people as they work, seek jobs, care for each other and live healthy, productive lives. Housing is fundamental to creating successful communities and preventing homelessness. Safe and stable housing provides a good basis to raise children. It is a crucial factor in a child’s success at school and in continuing to higher education and employment.

Families and individuals must have housing that is affordable and meets their unique needs, for the well-being of the Peterborough community. A range and mix of homes for people living and working in this community and a housing market that creates jobs in the industry are key factors in a strong local economy.

The 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan lays out a vision that will shape the City’s leadership in the housing and homelessness sectors, from 2014-2024.

We have reviewed and updated our plan, and the 2018 Housing and Homelessness Progress Report is now available. Some of the work we did to prepare the progress report includes:

  • updating goals for the City and County of Peterborough;
  • connecting with the community to learn from people with lived experience;
  • listening to organizations that help people;
  • gathering and analyzing data to understand community needs;
  • creating targets to improve the housing and homelessness system; and
  • setting up a new Steering Committee and structure to helping staff to guide the work for the community.

We are working to meet the housing needs of people across the housing continuum. This means helping people who:

  • are experiencing homeless
  • are renting
  • want to own, or already own their home

The focus will be on helping people with low incomes and using a “Housing First” approach to ending chronic homelessness.

Steering Committee and Working Groups 

Steering Committee

A new Housing and Homelessness Plan Steering Committee manages the 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan. The Steering Committee will keep the Plan on track towards our goal: To end homelessness in our community and make sure everyone has a safe place to live that they can afford.

The Steering Committee is led by City staff, because we're responsible to make the Plan happen. But we can't do it alone. We need to work with others who can make a difference. The Steering Committee has City and County Councillors and staff, agency staff, and people from the community.

Working Groups

The Working Groups that support the Steering Committee will be set up later in the year. So far, we think the two working groups will be:

  • Ending Homelessness and Staying Housed
  • Building Housing

Community Consultation

We had community consultation in the fall of 2018 that included pop-up meetings, online surveys, one-to-one chats, round table discussions, and public consultation meetings to hear from people in the City and County. We spoke to people who have had difficulty with housing and/or experienced homelessness, as well as stakeholders and elected officials.

Get in touch with us to share your ideas by calling us at 705-742-7777 ext. 1499.

Reports that show achievements

Reports that guide and inform the work we do