As social housing operating agreements begin to expire across Canada, and, with them, the rental assistance needed for many low-income tenants to stay housed, the impacts are deep and personal. Here are some of the real-life stories of the families, the housing providers and the community leaders who are making difficult decisions, going through tough transitions and trying to make the best of a bad situation.
With operating agreements already expiring, the Native People of Sudbury Development Corporation (NPDC) has lost the ability to subsidize rent for families who require assistance. We hear one family’s relocation story and learn more about what NPDC and the Sudbury area will face in the next few years.
We get a look at the financial hit that Silver Sage Housing Corporation is dealing with as operating agreements end and, despite many worries for the future, their plans to stay focused on minimizing tenant impact.
As the Tawaak Housing Association braces for the impact of lost funding for rental assistance, their Executive Director speaks out about the termination of funding saying it “rips at the social fabric of Canada.”
Brantford Native Housing has benefited from past incentive programs that allowed money-saving upgrades to their homes. They advocate for similar funding in the future, as one approach to help keep their homes habitable and their books balanced.
Greater Victoria Housing Society (GVHS) is reviewing their options in advance of operating agreements ending at two of their buildings, being realistic about the difficult financial position they will face, yet being determined to stay on mission to support low-income households.
According to the Housing Manager of the Native People of Thunder Bay Development Corporation (NPTBDC), the needs of their tenants cannot be met and the individual homes they live in now cannot be maintained without funding assistance, prompting him to remark “This will be an astronomical social issue.”
With government funding already less than half of what it once was, The Lloydminister Métis Housing Group can no longer afford to accept tenants that have an elevated risk of not making rent - even if they are families with the deepest needs.
The expiry of operating agreements forced MUHC to sell units, increase rents and remove subsidies that were in place to help lone-parent Métis and Aboriginal families, like June’s and Deborah’s, stay housed.
The Prince George Métis Housing Society has initiated a variety of organizational changes to address the continuing need for housing in northern British Columbia in the face of the ongoing expiry of federally funded social housing operating agreements.