OWN’s Affordable Housing Resource List

Reports and Studies

“Making Homes more Affordable Requires Balance Approach”  Interesting article in the Toronto Star:

“An Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010 – 2020: Housing Opportunities Toronto.” Adopted by Toronto City Council, August 5, 2009. 60 pages. [Note 2012: Known as the “H.O.T. Report,” this is necessary reading for all, as it is currently used by the City.] Available at http://www.toronto.ca/affordablehousing/pdf/hot_actionplan.pdf.

“Dynamic Cities Need Women: Actions and Policies for Gender Equality: Final Declaration of the International Forum.” Brussels, 2007. 4 pages. Available at http://www.metropolis.org/sites/ default/files/women-network/declaration_metropolis_women_network_brussels_eng.pdf

“A Housing Benefit for Ontario: One Housing Solution for a Poverty Reduction Strategy.” A proposal submitted to the Province of Ontario by a coalition of industry and community organizations. Nov. 2008. 30 pages. Available at http://www.dailybread.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/ Housing_Benefit_for_Ontario_Final.pdf.

“Consultation Paper: Human Rights and Rental Housing in Ontario: Consultation Paper.” Toronto: Ontario Human Rights Commission, 2007. 7 pages. Available at http://www.ohrc.on.ca/sites/ default/files/attachments/Consultation_paper%3A_Human_rights_and_rental_housing_in_Ontario.pdf.

“Losing Ground: The Persistent Growth of Family Poverty in Canada’s Largest City.” United Way Greater Toronto, 2007. Executive summary (14 pages) and full report (74 pages) available at http://www.unitedwaytoronto.com/whatWeDo/reports/losingGround.php.

“Quick Facts.” City of Toronto Shelter, Support & Housing Administration, 2011. 1 page. Available at http://www.toronto.ca/housing/pdf/quickfacts.pdf

“The Right to Adequate Housing: How to Fight for Your Rights.” Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation and the Social Rights Advocacy Centre. Toronto: The Centre, 2006. 10 pages. Available at http://www.equalityrights.org/cera/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Adequate-Housing-2-page-E.pdf

“Sustaining the Momentum: Recommendations for a National Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness.” Ottawa: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Jan. 2008. 26 pages. Available at http://intraspec.ca/FinalReport-FCMNationalActionPlanonHousing-Jan23.pdf

“Mission to Canada, 9-22 October 2007.” United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Miloon Kothari. New York: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2007. Introduction and link to full preliminary report (18 pages, MSWord document) at http://www.hic-net.org/articles.php?pid=2210. The final report (5 pages) as presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Feb. 2008 is at http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G08/110/92/PDF/G0811092.pdf?OpenElement

“Women’s Poverty and the Recession.” Monica Townson. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sep. 2009. 54 pages. Available at http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/womens-poverty-and-recession

 Websites of Interest

Seniors Lifestyle Mag – Article on “Scrupling”, by OWN member Kate Chung, originally published in OWN Newsletter from Oct. 2016 – Vol.3, Issue 3.  Scrupling is an old Quaker practice. When faced with difficult issues, Quakers sat with neighbours to listen, share and search for ways to respond, each within their own sense of responsibility. The session was not a debate or argument to win or lose, but rather a serious, heartfelt search for ways to move forward.

Unitarian Commons  –  Accessible and affordable living for all.  A small group of Unitarian-Universalists working together, creating affordable, accessible homes open for everyone.  Fostering community by including shared common areas.

Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto – Housing and Advocacy section

City of Toronto Affordable Housing Department – A must-see site

Sistering – A women’s agency serving homeless, marginalized and low-income women in Toronto.

Stable and Affordable – An initiative of the Wellesley Institute and the Housing Network of Ontario.

Wellesley Institute – Research, policy & community mobilization to advance population health. Housing is key to good health.

Women’s College Hospital – Health Care for Women – Revolutionized

YWCA Toronto – Providing emergency shelter and permanent housing to single women and women with children.

Women Living in Community – This is a US website run by Marianne Kilkenny of North Carolina. It discusses housing options and creating alternative community models for aging with dignity and grace. She has written a guide book which may be of interest called “Your Quest for Home“. It can be ordered from the website and Amazon, both in print and e-book formats.

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OWN Notes:
Originally prepared for the OWN Public Forum on Affordable Housing, Nov. 2009
File: OWN’s Affordable Housing Res. List – June 12-2012–eb-mj-1.doc
Revised:  Aug. 2016