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Investment in Affordable Housing Program: Year Four Report (2014-15)

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The Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario (IAH) program represents a combined investment of $1.28 billion by the provincial and federal governments to March 31, 2020.  This joint initiative is improving access to affordable housing that is sound, suitable and sustainable for households across Ontario.

The IAH investments are providing opportunities to make needed improvements to reduce wait times for affordable housing around the province.  Under the IAH, Service Managers have the flexibility to select which program components to participate in - such as new rental construction, home repair, housing allowances, rent supplements or home ownership - based on local housing needs in their communities. The funding has also helped local economies by creating more than 8,600 jobs in the first four years of the program.

Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy (LTAHS) sets a strong foundation for a more efficient, accessible affordable housing system that puts people first. IAH supports the principles of LTAHS while providing more affordable housing options for lower and moderate-income households.

The following are the outcomes from the fourth year of IAH (2014-15) which saw more than $153 million in funding committed across the province.  

In 2014/15, Ontario supported the creation of 720 affordable rental housing units; made more than 1,800 repairs and improvements to affordable housing units; and, provided rental and down payment assistance to over 2,750 households in need.

Since 2011, under the IAH, Ontario has supported the creation of over 2,400 affordable rental housing units; made more than 6,650 repairs and improvements to affordable housing units; and, has provided rental and down payment assistance to over 10,700 households in need. 

ANNUAL PUBLIC REPORTING ON OUTCOMES

Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) Program Year Four Report (2014-15)

Reduce the number of households in need by improving access to affordable housing that is sound, suitable and sustainable for households in need

Year 1

(2011-12)

  Year 2

(2012-13)

Year 3

(2013-14)

Year 4 

(2014-15)

Total

IAH Program

Households no longer in housing need as a result of the Investment in Affordable Housing

607

5,985

7,972

5,290

14,564

Rental units created to increase the supply of affordable housing stock

377

746

571

720

1,694

Households assisted in purchasing a home

36

351

357

370

744

Affordable housing stock units preserved through renovation, rehabilitation and repair

63

1,086

3,700

1,816

4,849

Homeowner households assisted to maintain residence in their existing housing

63

936

1,354

1,703

2,353

Renter households assisted through rent supplements

131

1,491

789

1,735

2,411

Renter households assisted through housing allowances

*

2,311

2,555

649

4,866

Aboriginal households living off-reserve no longer in housing need as a result of the IAH

*

134

206

182

340

Affordable housing units created to increase the supply of and improve access to affordable housing for off-reserve Aboriginal households

*

49

64

181

113

Accommodations for victims of family violence preserved as a result of the IAH

**

18

22

51

40

Reduce the demand for services and institutional living by increasing and extending independent living for households in need being seniors and persons with disabilities

Seniors and persons with disabilities households who are able to remain living independently

180

710

1,189

1,211

2,079

Seniors and persons with disabilities households assisted through the creation of new rental housing units

152

147

264

115

563

Seniors and persons with disabilities households assisted through modifications and renovations to existing housing stock

28

563

921

1,090

1,512

Foster a more holistic approach to addressing poverty by supporting a broad range of programs

Increased opportunities as measured through a description of the increase in the number and nature of programs offered

*

***




Increased opportunities as measured through a description of the increase in the number and nature of programs offered for Aboriginal households off-reserve

*

***




Increase the resources available to address the housing needs of households in need by encouraging contributions by others including the private and not-for profit sectors

Additional dollars generated through local partnerships toward addressing housing need

$21.079M

$36.837M

$26.163M

$34.629M

$84.079M

Foster training of skilled labour by supporting apprenticeships in the residential housing sector

Description of activities /initiatives to promote or support apprenticeships in IAH projects

N/A

N/A

N/A

****

 

LEGEND

* In 2011-12, the Investment in Affordable Housing Program for Ontario (IAH) program was treated as a transitional year.  Funding was approved under the following program components:  Rental Housing; Homeownership; Northern Repair; and Rent Supplement.
The Rental Housing component provides funding to assist in the creation of new affordable rental units. 
The Homeownership component provides down payment assistance to assist low and moderate income households to purchase an affordable home. 
The Northern Repair component assists low to moderate income homeowner households in northern Ontario to repair their homes or rehabilitate affordable rental units. 
The Rent Supplement component provides a subsidy to landlords on behalf of household in need of rental assistance.
During the transitional year, CMHC continued to deliver the suite of federal renovation programs including the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP).

**In 2011-12, CMHC tracked the number of existing accommodations for victims of family violence as a result of the IAH. 

***In 2012-13, the number and nature of programs offered increased with the introduction of three additional program components: Ontario Renovates; Housing Allowance; and, Off-Reserve Aboriginal Housing.
Ontario Renovates provides financial assistance to repair deficiencies and increase accessibility of affordable rental or ownership properties, and create secondary suites in existing single family homes.
The Housing Allowance component provides financial assistance directly to low-income renter households to increase housing affordability.
The Off-Reserve Aboriginal Housing component provides assistance to off-reserve Aboriginal households through affordable homeownership and home repair, and provides funding to assist in the creation of new affordable rental units.

****In 2014-15, Service Managers were encouraged to give priority consideration to the employment of apprentices in the residential housing sector during the project evaluation and selection process.

NOTE:  The figures above reflect funding commitments made under the capital and operating components of the IAH.