Using new forms of equity , policy and land-use to increase housing affordability.

 

The feeling that something more needs to be done about housing affordability is growing. In the ‘hot’ real estate markets of Vancouver and Toronto, news items regularly lament the prospects of younger people or new Canadians ever owning a home.

A consensus is building that it is appropriate and urgent that all orders of government support scaling up affordable ownership housing for middleclass Canadians and those working to join the middle class.

Affordable home ownership has benefits for society as a whole. Literature shows that it supports competitive and prosperous cities, builds social capital and a stable middle class, helps people plan for their retirement, and frees up affordable rental housing in tight urban housing markets.

Our work demonstrates what needs to be done to produce ownership housing that is within reach of middle class households, millennials, New Canadians and those working to join the middle class.


Our Work

 
  MISSING MIDDLE WORKING GROUP   This working group convenes government, industry and academic thought leaders interested in identifying and advancing solutions around missing middle housing.  Launched 2018

MISSING MIDDLE WORKING GROUP

This working group convenes government, industry and academic thought leaders interested in identifying and advancing solutions around missing middle housing.

Launched 2018

   SCALING UP AFFORDABLE OWNERSHIP HOUSING IN THE GTA    This paper identifies that there are more than 200,000 middle income rental households who may want to own a home but are unable to access the private ownership market in the GTA. It recommends a target of creating ownership opportunities for 5% of them, or 10,000 units, over the next 5 years.  Published 2017

SCALING UP AFFORDABLE OWNERSHIP HOUSING IN THE GTA

This paper identifies that there are more than 200,000 middle income rental households who may want to own a home but are unable to access the private ownership market in the GTA. It recommends a target of creating ownership opportunities for 5% of them, or 10,000 units, over the next 5 years.

Published 2017

   OPTIONS FOR HOMES ASSESSMENT    The focus of this study is the model used by Options for Homes Non-Profit Corporation (Options for Homes or OFH) and Home Ownership Alternatives Non-profit Corporation (Home Ownership Alternatives or HOA) to market and build housing units that people of low and moderate income can afford to buy. It examines and evaluates the Options for Homes model (‘Options’ model) in terms of what it offers to individual purchasers and what housing needs and markets it addresses in the context of programs used to provide affordable housing.  Published 2005

OPTIONS FOR HOMES ASSESSMENT

The focus of this study is the model used by Options for Homes Non-Profit Corporation (Options for Homes or OFH) and Home Ownership Alternatives Non-profit Corporation (Home Ownership Alternatives or HOA) to market and build housing units that people of low and moderate income can afford to buy. It examines and evaluates the Options for Homes model (‘Options’ model) in terms of what it offers to individual purchasers and what housing needs and markets it addresses in the context of programs used to provide affordable housing.

Published 2005

 

Contact

For more information about our Affordable Ownership Housing work,
contact Jeff Evenson: jevenson (at) canurb (dot) org, 416-365-1806 x 281