Public Invited to Update on 10-year Housing & Homelessness Plan

Published on: 2019/11/14 - in News

The public has been invited to attend the the Mid-point Update on the City of Kingston and County of Frontenac’s 10-year Housing & Homelessness Plan, which was originally completed in 2014.

Two open houses will be hosted by the City on Thursday, November 28 – both in the Rideau Heights Community Centre located at 85 MacCauley Street – one from 3 to 5pm and the second from 6 to 8pm.  Residents will be presented with additional details about the about the review and have an opportunity to ask questions.

“Relevant policies and funding have evolved over the past five years – and so have the housing pressures experienced by area residents,” said Ruth Noordegraf, Director, Housing and Social Services. “This mid-point update is an opportunity for the City and the County to take stock and adjust to meet the needs of our clients as effectively as possible.”

The City and the County have worked with service providers, community members, Acacia Consulting and Research and Focus Consulting Inc. to complete the Five-Year Review/Update of the Plan.

You can also view a summary slide-deck of the Environmental Scan and Needs Assessment and the full five-year review on the City’s Housing page.

According to a release, the slide-deck includes highlights and graphs with the document going into more depth and discussion regarding the following topics:

  • The housing market including housing starts and new construction.
  • The rental market including net migration, vacancy rate, per-unit costs and rental demand.
  • Housing needs including demographics and need by household type and area.
  • Urban and rural homelessness counts and shelter-use.