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Thriving People, Thriving Places: Why Affordable Housing Matters (and what you can do about it)
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
Rising inequality is jeopardizing the Greater Toronto Area’s continued prosperity. As costs of living rise, neighbourhoods are becoming more polarized. It has become hard to find – and keep – a good job. As a region, we are struggling to update our infrastructure while welcoming more than 100,000 new residents each year.
For renters, owners, tenants, and civic leaders passionate about our future, affordable housing has never been more crucial.
Come learn about the affordability crisis and what lies behind the headlines – the challenges faced and creative opportunities to build a more inclusive city-region. You’ll have a chance to connect with a diverse room of city-builders and sector experts, and discuss tangible ways that you can make an impact.
|8:00 a.m.||Doors open
|8:30||Welcoming remarks by Gene Jones, President and CEO, Toronto Community Housing and the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
|8:55||Keynote address by Tim Jones, CEO of Artscape.
|11:15||Report back and next steps
|11:40||Closing remarks by Salima Rawji, Co-Chair, CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN)
This event is co-presented by CivicAction's Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) and Toronto Community Housing.
Did you know? Facts and figures on affordable housing:
- More than a quarter of homeowners and 46% of renters are in “housing need” - spending more than 30% of their income on shelter. Almost 90,000 people across the region are on subsidized housing wait lists, and it can take up to a dozen years to find a suitable place.
- The vacancy rate for rental housing in Toronto was 1.5% in April 2012, the lowest it's ever been in ten years. 25% of two parent families and 53% of single parent families do not earn enough to afford average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the Toronto region.
About the suggested contribution:
The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) is seeking voluntary contributions to cover the administrative costs associated with its events. ELN is a program of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, a non-profit organization. Contributions made are not deductable as charitable contributions for tax purposes. The contribution of $20 (plus a $1.49 processing fee) is suggested, and should not be perceived as a barrier to participation. We thank participants for their understanding and consideration.
If you have any questions about the suggested contribution, please email Julia Lo, Project Officer, CivicAction, at email@example.com.
When & Where
Co-presented by CivicAction's Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) and Toronto Community Housing
CivicAction's Emerging Leaders Network (ELN):
The ELN is a diverse network of 500+ civic leaders working to advance the Toronto region's economic and social prosperity. ELN plays the role of an "action incubator" by convening leaders, helping inform and facilitate dialogue, and offering mentoring and organizational support to groups working collaboratively on challenges facing the region.
Members of ELN meet monthly and have generated innovative city-building projects and events such as Toronto Homecoming, Project Neutral, Better Ballots and ELNstudio.
ELN is an initiative of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance.
For more information, visit: www.elnonline.ca
Toronto Community Housing:
Toronto Community Housing (www.torontohousing.ca) is Canada's largest social housing provider and home to more than 164,000 tenants with low and moderate incomes—about six per cent of Toronto's population. Toronto Community Housing and its subsidiaries employ 1,400 staff in a broad range of jobs, who deliver its mission to provide affordable housing, connect tenants to services and opportunities, and work together to build healthy communities.