The Homes We Need
A Place for All in Mississauga-Lakeshore
It’s no secret that housing prices are through the roof in Mississauga.
For many living in poverty, Mississauga-Lakeshore has simply become too expensive, with even the cost of renting a room beyond reach. Some who call our community home are being priced out of the area, and fast. Rates of homelessness continue to rise.
Where does this leave our Compass clients? This winter, it left some of them seeking overnight shelter from plunging temperatures in neighbourhood churches through the “In from the Cold” program. Read more about the first year of In from the Cold here).
Emergency shelter programs such as “In from the Cold,” while vital, are not acceptable long-term solutions to the affordable housing crisis. Everyone needs a place to call home. And those who make their homes in Mississauga-Lakeshore should be able to stay here—regardless of their income.
What You Can Do
The 2019 federal election will take place on Monday, October 21, 2019. Elections present a fresh opportunity for those of us in Mississauga-Lakeshore to shape the kind of community we want to be.
As you prepare to cast your vote, plan to tell your candidates that you support a place for all in our community. Help make the right to affordable, safe homes a key issue in our riding in 2019.
Through informed and thoughtful political engagement, we will help to support a place for all in our community.
Ready to get involved? Resources to help inform your vote and engage with local candidates are available here.
Mississauga-Lakeshore needs a real plan—one that’s going to boost the supply of affordable housing, protect existing affordable rental stock, and put our residents first, regardless of their income levels.
Say to our Mississauga-Lakeshore federal candidates: these are the Homes We Need! Our combined voices have a greater impact when we speak and act together.
Some Quick Facts
- Over 100,000 Mississauga residents live in poverty—that’s 15 percent of Mississauga’s residents.
- Housing is considered affordable when it costs no more than 30 percent of a household’s income.
- Food bank clients in Mississauga report spending roughly 62 per cent of their income on housing.
- The average wait time for a subsidized rental unit in Peel Region is 5.3 years.
- The residential vacancy rate in Peel is 1 percent.
- Emergency shelter use in Peel increased by 26.9 percent from 2015 to 2017.
[Sources: Home for All (Region of Peel); Housing Facts 2019 (Region of Peel); 10-Year Plan to Increase Affordable Housing (Region of Peel); The Face of Hunger in Mississauga (Mississauga Food Bank); Hunger and Poverty in Mississauga (Mississauga Food Bank).]
We Believe in Housing First
Homelessness has long been tackled using a staircase model: move through different stages of
temporary accommodation (including homeless shelters) as you get your life back on track, with a
permanent home as the ultimate reward.
The Compass believes that we all need the secure foundation of a permanent home, and supports
housing first approaches to alleviating the affordable housing and homelessness crises. Housing first
prioritizes moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing and
then providing additional supports and services as needed. The Housing First principle recognizes that
the steps to recovery, different for each person (for example, mental health support, getting a job,
addiction management, education), are made more difficult by a lack of housing.
Under housing first principles, “[h]ousing is not contingent upon readiness, or on ‘compliance’ (for
instance, sobriety). Rather, it is a rights-based intervention rooted in the philosophy that all people
deserve housing, and that adequate housing is a precondition for recovery.” (from Housing First in
Canada: Supporting Communities to End Homelessness)
For More Information
• The Housing First approach to ending homelessness
• Reaching Home, the federal government’s 10-year plan to reduce chronic homelessness by 50 percent.