Together, we can prevent, reduce and end homelessness in our community.
The Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa, the City and community organizations are working in partnership. They are seeking help from private landlords to provide 100 affordable-housing units.
By the end of September, the goal is to find a home for 100 households experiencing homelessness through a collaboration between the public, private and non-profit sectors that will help landlords fill vacancies and residents secure housing. Landlords with available units should visit ottawahousingblitz.ca for more information.
The City will match people in need of housing with appropriate units and rent support from available housing benefit programs. Priority will be given to people experiencing homelessness who qualify for subsidies, are ready to be housed and are currently looking for housing.
City Council declared an affordable housing and homelessness emergency and crisis in January. The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the issue, with many residents lacking safe and affordable housing. Having a place to live leads to better health outcomes, making it the first line of defense against the virus.
With community partners and other levels of government, the City aims to create up to 8,500 new affordable-housing units and subsidies by 2030, and eliminate unsheltered, veteran and chronic homelessness. The City continues to invest in affordable housing, committing $30 million over the past two years to provide new affordable units. Partnerships like this one are essential to meet these goals and ensure everyone has a home.
For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Kaite Burkholder Harris, Executive Director, Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa
613-697-8609 or firstname.lastname@example.org