Affordable Housing

 

Affordable Housing Platform

 

Everyone has a right to adequate, affordable, and safe shelter.

That's why I'm making adequate and affordable housing a key commitment of my campaign in Ward 3.

1 in 4 residents of Ward 3 live in low-income households.

In the neighbourhoods that make up Ward 3, an average of 44% of renters and 18.5% of owners spend more than 30% of their income on shelter, a standard definition of housing affordability.

Despite recent increases in market supply and vacancy rates, rents in Regina have continued to climb. Average rents have risen 12% in just the last 3 years, and they have ballooned by 66% since 2007.

Existing tax incentives and subsidies to private developers have failed to produce the adequate and affordable housing that Regina needs.

A majority of grants have gone to developing ownership units (despite the dire need for affordable rental units), and recently far too much of the affordable housing development has been happening in "greenfield" areas of new development, rather than in areas of core housing need and in proximity to public transportation and other services and amenities.

The City of Regina has made strides in recent years in developing a housing strategy that includes affordable housing.

City Council must re-commit to and re-focus that strategy to ensure that it is doing more to meet the housing needs of residents.

If elected, I will be a strong advocate for an ambitious affordable housing agenda that focuses on in-fill development, repairing and retrofitting the existing housing stock in areas of core housing need, and greater attention to non-profit affordable housing options.