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City helps purchase rooming house amid 'destructive housing boom' in Parkdale

CBC News · Posted: May 01, 2019

The city and local charities have teamed up to buy a more than $2-million Parkdale rooming house — potentially saving more than a dozen tenants from eviction and creating the foundation for other similar projects, housing advocates say.

Unveiled at city hall on Wednesday, the purchase marks the first rooming house in Toronto owned by a community land trust, with an agreement in place that guarantees affordable rents in the building for the next 99 years.

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TWC is acting as housing and development consultant for Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust.

Neighbours speak out against Cambridge’s Satelite Motel project

Waterloo Region Record July 04, 2018

For auction: One slightly used space ship. Low mileage. Proceeds to aid affordable housing in Cambridge.

That's the sign that could soon be slapped on the iconic rocket in front of the Satelite Motel at 195 Hespeler Rd., as plans were put forward Tuesday to redevelop the property...... being considered for a mixed-use residential development that would include affordable housing....

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TWC is acting as housing and development consultant for HCPM.


$10 million in funding will tackle Indigenous poverty in Hamilton

Hamilton Spectator Nov 01, 2017

Hamilton is home to at least 14,440 people who identified as Indigenous. This makes up nearly 2 per cent Hamilton’s population.

For Eva Marsden having a safe and affordable place to call home in Hamilton is not something she takes for granted.

For three years she has lived in one of the Sacajawea Non-Profit Housing Inc. rent-geared-to-income units. The Indigenous housing agency has 24 units; and a project with 23 additional units at 18 West Ave. S. is in development.

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TWC is acting as housing and development consultant for Sacajawea.

 

Around 50 turn out for Thursday’s open house on proposed Britannia Street affordable housing project

Stratford Beacon Herald October 19, 2017

Sewers, balconies, and the number of bedrooms per unit were among the questions brought forward as city officials hosted an open house on a proposed affordable housing project in Stratford.

The Britannia Street development – located at the former Fairgrounds on a hectare of city-owned land – includes the construction of 55 new units over two phases for low- to moderate-income families.

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TWC is acting as housing and development consultant for the housing project

 

Motel site in Cambridge known for rocket ship may get affordable housing

Waterloo Region Record, September 28, 2017 

The Satellite Motel property on Hespeler Road has been purchased by Housing Cambridge.  

The Satellite Motel on Hespeler Road may soon be torn down to build much-needed affordable housing.

The motel's iconic silver rocket ship, a beacon to weary travelers, will probably have to go, too.

"We would love to see it preserved, but a 1.3-acre site is not very big and we are not sure we can maintain it," said Steve Garrison, manager of Housing Cambridge, a nonprofit that manages affordable housing units across the city. Click here to read more.

TWC is acting as housing and development consultant for the housing project 

 

New Report: Scaling Up Joint Ventures between Social Housing Providers and Private Sector Builders

July 2017 

TWC prepared this paper in partnership with Evergreen Canada. The research is supported by the Canadian Home Builders Association. The findings presented were gathered through background interviews and research with representatives from non-profit organizations and private development corporations.  

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KW Habilitation affordable housing apartments slated to open in spring

Waterloo Region Record, July 9, 2017 

KITCHENER — Construction is well underway at a new affordable housing building next to KW Habilitation in Kitchener, with residents expected to move into the 22 units by next May.

"The building's going to be all accessible," said Ann Bilodeau, executive director.

Creating accessible units was important, she said, because people who qualify for affordable housing face a longer wait for an accessible unit... Read More.

Hamilton’s Indigenous affordable housing gap narrows

23 more units at St. Thomas parsonage will bring total to 47

Hamilton Spectator Jun 21, 2017

Work is expected to get underway this month on a new 23-unit affordable-housing complex for indigenous people in Hamilton.

The residential complex at 18 West Ave. S. will include seven two-bedrooms and 16 one-bedroom units — including some that are accessible — for men, women and children, says the executive director of Sacajawea Non-Profit Housing Inc. ........Read More.

TWC is acting as housing and development consultant for Sacajawea.

Stratford infrastructure, transportation and safety committee approves, in principle, the plan to build affordable housing units on hectare of former Fairgrounds land

Stratford Beacon Herald April 11, 2017

The City of Stratford will keep one hectare of former Stratford Fairgrounds land that was previously declared surplus with plans to construct affordable housing units in that space.

Stratford's infrastructure, transportation and safety committee approved on Monday night the general plan for 55 new affordable housing units to be built on a hectare (2.4 acres) of land adjacent to Britannia Street......Read More.

TWC created the business case for this housing proposal.

Cityview Village, Guelph

Habitat for Humanity Building a Village in Guelph

Waterloo Region Record, Mar 27, 2017

GUELPH — Habitat for Humanity is breaking ground this spring on a village in Guelph. Cityview Village will provide 30 affordable condominium units in three buildings to families with one or two parents, seniors and people with disabilities. "It's really different than what we've done in the past," said Rachelle Waterman, spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph...Read More

TWC is acting as housing and development consultant for Cityview Village

 

 

Habitat for Humanity to Build a Village in Guelph

CBC News, March 24, 2017

Habitat for Humanity WDG plans to move away from single detached homes, create condos. When you think of Habitat for Humanity, the image may be volunteers working on a single, detached house that will become a home to a family in need. But that is going to change next month in Guelph.......Read More

TWC is acting as housing and development consultant for Cityview Village


Federal, provincial governments give $4.2 M to Cambridge affordable housing project
Waterloo Region Record        March 13, 2017

CAMBRIDGE — An affordable housing project on Hespeler Road received $4.2 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments on Monday.
 

Cambridge MP Bryan May and Cambridge MPP Kathryn McGarry announced the funding Monday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project. 

The five-storey, 34-unit apartment building at 175 Hespeler Rd. is in a mixed-use neighbourhood, near parks, schools, restaurants and other amenities.... Read more.
TWC is acting as housing and development consultant for the housing project 
 

Funding, site plan OK'd for new affordable housing units

Owen Sound Sun Times         March 8, 2017

With funding and a site plan now approved, the Owen Sound Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corp. says it is on track to begin construction “very soon” on the first phase of a planned 90-unit residential development, which will have both affordable and market rent units....Read more.
TWC is acting as housing and development consultant for the housing Project 


IMICO site could become an 'urban village,' city hall says

On Guelph Mercury        December 3rd, 2016

Almost two decades after the city took ownership of an abandoned iron foundry site (13-acre) on Beverley Street, city hall may have found a route to redeveloping it as "urban village" that includes housing for low-income and moderate-income households..... A Memorandum of Understanding has been reached between the city, the local Habitat for Humanity group and ARQI R&D Inc., a private company that would buy the former IMICO property and act as its master developer, builder and planner, ........ Read More

TWC is acting as housing and development consultant for the housing Project 


 Cambridge low-cost housing project first to use new incentives

On Waterloo Region Record        November 9th, 2016

 A new affordable housing project on busy Hespeler Road is the first to take advantage of the city's new incentives for low-cost homes.....Read More

TWC is acting as housing and development consultant for the housing Project 

 

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Mixed-income tower pitched for City of Hamilton land downtown

 On Hamilton Spectator October 12th, 2016

A 20-storey mixed-income development envisioned on York Boulevard is among the first in an expected "wave" of proposals to turn city-owned land into affordable housing....Read More

TWC is acting as housing and development consultant for the housing project 


Cambridge OKs boost to affordable housing

 On Waterloo Region Record October 5th, 2016

CAMBRIDGE — Affordable housing is a growing problem across the region and the City of Cambridge hopes to tackle it with a new set of planning tools.

The city will provide fee exemptions and tax breaks to developers who want to build affordable housing projects in core areas.....Read More

 

 

Radical social housing redevelopment pitched for Hamilton’s east end

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 City Housing Hamilton is exploring an unprecedented east end redevelopment pitch to transform Roxborough school and nearby social housing into a mixed-income community of hundreds of townhomes, apartment units and condos......Read More

 

TWC acted as housing and development consultant for the housing Project 

 

Council to consider affordable Housing Incentives

  On The Record: July 6th, 2016 

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CAMBRIDGE – A trio of proposed initiatives is aimed at encouraging the creation of affordable housing in Cambridge – something for which there is a “huge” demand. .....Read More

TWC acted as housing and development consultant for the housing project on 175 Hespeler Road in Cambridge.

 

Affordable Housing: $7.4-million project to offer 35 rental units along Hespeler Road

On Cambridge Times-Journal: March 3rd, 2016

Cambridge Non-profit Housing Corporation officials hope to get 35 people off the region's longest wait list, thanks to a new project to be build on Hespeler Road.....Read More

TWC acted as housing and development consultant for the housing Project

 

Affordable offerings: City pilot project aims to encourage creation of cost-friendly housing

Feb 22/16

Six affordable housing projects in Cambridge will receive a financial hand, thanks to a pilot project that sees city fees deferred.

Once implemented – there are several steps required before that can happen – the initiative involves a 20-year delay in the paying of required development charges and permit fees.Read More

 

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Federal campaign to find housing for 20,000 by 2018

Feb 21/16 - A homeless shelter wasn't the home Mary imagined for her five children when she left Montreal looking for better opportunity in Hamilton.

That has been her family's fate, however, for almost two months as she struggles to restart her life. Like so many people crowding into the city's shelters, or living rough on the street, the factors keeping Mary, her husband and children from a place of their own are complex and not just about money. Read More

 

Mississauga aims to prevent LRT from pushing out poor

Mississauga LRT.jpgNov 25/15 Facing an affordable housing crisis in Mississauga and the spectre of poor families being displaced by a new $1.3 billion light rail system, council has moved to force developers to build a minimum number of units for low-income residents in all future projects. Read More

 

Preston has first LEED neighbourhood

Sept. 2/15 It's been eight years in the making, but the Preston Meadows development on Margaret Street is now officially certified as the first LEED neighbourhood in Canada..... Read More

TWC acted as housing and development consultant for the Preston Arbour condominiums and Fern Meadows affordable housing projects which are a part of this neighbourhood. 


 
One in Five Renter Households Face Housing Affordibility

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A new study by a coalition of affordable housing groups and the Vancouver City Savings Credit Union reports that one in five Canadian rents spend more than half their income on shelter costs. Compiling data from the 2011 Census, the coalition of advocacy groups created the Rental Housing Index which can be accessed here.

The Globe and Mail also covered the creation of the Index with this article. 

 

Doors open for affordable housing (Cambidge)

On Cambridge Times-Journal: July 22nd, 2015

An official opening ceremony for seven new affordable housing projects throughout the region, providing 42 units for low income-earners, was held last week at Cambridge Kiwanis Village on Linden Drive - by far the largest of the initiatives.....Read More

TWC acted as housing and development consultant for the housing project for Cambridge Kiwanis Village

 

City Council Unanimous in Adopting Draft of its 10-year Housing & Homeless Plan (St. Thomas)

On St. Thomas Times-Journal: June 11th, 2013

The city took a step forward Monday in tackling what one alderman warned is "a social crisis". In a show of Unanimity, St. Thomas council adopted the draft of the city's Housing and Homeless Plan, which articulates "the community's long-term vision for the provision of housing and homeless services over the next ten years, includubg a system for review and amendments every five years.....Read More

TWC acted as housing and development consultant for the 10-year affordable housing plan for St. Thomas

 

Ribbon Cut on Performing Arts Lodge (PAL)

On the Stratford Gazette: May 30th, 2013

The doors are open at Performing Arts Lodge (PAL) Stratford's affordable housing units and artists from all walks have begun moving in.... During a ceremony Saturday morning, campaign patronChristopher Plummer cut the red ribbon, officially opening the home that provides five affordable aoartments to aged actors, visual artists, and performers. Read more

TWC acted as housing consultant for the PAL project

 

Broad Outlook for 10-year Affordable Housing Plan (Peterborough)

CHEX television Peterborough local news: June 4th and 7th, 2013; Peterborough Examiner: June 4th, 2013

On Monday, the draft of a new 10-year affordable housing plan was tabled at Peterborough City Council Monday night. The plan was praised for its broad outlook but as Steve Guthrie reports questions were raised about affordability. Watch it on chextv.com.

How the city plans to tackle homelessness and an acute affordable housing shortage over the next decade became a little clearer Monday night as city council had its first look at a new 10-year draft housing and homeless plan.....Read more from Peterborough Examiner. 

On Thursday night the public had the chance to review it. See some of public reaction on chextv.com.

TWC acted as housing and development consultant for the 10-year affordable housing plan for Peterborough

 

Good response to work on Northumberland housing plan

Published in Northumberland News: April 23, 2013

About 100 people turned out for the five community sessions that were held in Cobourg, Port Hope, Bridgton and Campbellford April 15 and 16...... The response has included more than 70 questionnaires being filled out. Read More

TWC acted as housing and development consultant for the 10-year housing and homeless plan for Northumberland

 

Waterloo approves grant for affordable housing project

Published in The Record: May 21, 2013

The City of Waterloo has agreed to help a non-profit housing provider (Alfred Haenchen Co-operative Homes) with development charges. Read More

TWC acts as the housing consultant for the Alfred Haenchen Project

 

One year after opening, SHOW changing lives

Published in The Record: June 12, 2011

During their years of homelessness, the two men often crossed paths at shelters and soup kitchens.

Then, a year ago this month, Ron Thomas and Colin Plant moved into Waterloo's new supportive housing project, the first of its kind in Waterloo Region.

They haven't looked back.

"This place is a life changer," said Plant, 36. "It has made the world of difference."

The men are two of 30 tenants who have an apartment of their own at the Supportive Housing of Waterloo (SHOW) building at 362 Erb St. W., which provides round-the-clock supportive care. Read more

TWC acted as the development consultant for the Supoortive Housing of Waterloo project

 

 Wait lists for affordable housing continue to grow

Published in The Toronto Star: June 6, 2011

Waiting lists for affordable housing in Ontario surged to more than 152,000 households in January, despite modest economic growth in the province, according to a report to be released Monday.

This year's increase is a 7.4 per cent jump over last year and almost 18 per cent more than in 2009 when 129,000 families were waiting, says the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association in its 2011 waiting list survey, obtained by the Star.

Of the 10,000 new households who joined the line last year, more than 6,000 were in Toronto where a total of 66,197 households are waiting, says the report. Read More

Housing wait list report was authored for ONPHA by TWC