Latest research

Strengthening social housing communities

November 17, 2015

Social housing communities in Ontario are home to more vulnerable residents than ever before. These tenants may be experiencing challenges related to aging, addictions and mental health, or any other situation that makes it difficult to maintain their tenancy. At the same time, the majority of housing providers are not funded to deliver any support services. The result: unsupported tenancies that can have serious consequences for staff, neighbouring residents, and tenants themselves.

This report outlines the steps that must be taken to address the challenge of unsupported tenancies, such as making supports in housing part of the core provincial budget and increasing collaboration between funding and delivery bodies. By highlighting successful initiatives across the province and providing detailed recommendations, the report provides a framework to ensuring that all tenants are able to enjoy a secure home in a healthy community.

Read the full report here. 

A simpler, cheaper housing subsidy: re-imagining the delivery of housing assistance in Ontario

July 3, 2015

Ontario's rent-geared-to-income (RGI) housing assistance system is a critical tool for ensuring that low and moderate-income households can find homes that they can afford. It has also become an extremely complex and costly system to administer and deliver. We believe that it is possible to reform the system to make it simpler to administer and cheaper to operate. Plus, we believe that these reforms will help people living in, and waiting for, RGI-assisted housing.

In this paper we identify two sets of reforms that would streamline administration, simplify and reduce delivery and oversight costs, and generate better outcomes for households in need of housing assistance. The first set identifies opportunities to develop fairer and simpler rent setting practices, while the second involves changes to the rent subsidy model for tenants and the funding formula and administration requirements for housing providers.

Read our the summary of our research or the full report 

Research Papers

Stengthening social housing communities 
November 17, 2015
 

Social housing communities in Ontario are home to more vulnerable residents than ever before.

Affordable Housing as Economic Development 
September 11, 2015
 

Access to affordable housing reduces economic inequality and can help revitalize struggling communities. In this research report, ONPHA highlights the business case for investing in affordable housing in Northern and Southwestern Ontario communities,

A simpler cheaper housing subsidy summary 
July 03, 2015
 

A simpler cheaper housing subsidy full report 
July 03, 2015
 

Ontario's rent-geared-to-income (RGI) housing assistance system is a critical tool for ensuring that low and moderate-income households can find homes that they can afford.

Big Problems need Bold Solutions 
April 11, 2014
 

We started by asking the question: "how could we solve Ontario's most pressing housing challenges in 10 years?" With the help of SHS Consulting Inc, we identified the province’s most pressing housing challenges

Where's Home 2013 
June 18, 2013
 

This report offers a broad retrospective on housing trends and issues over the last two decades and presents a range of findings that illustrate the need for affordable rental housing in Ontario now and into the future

Rebuilding the Foundations: ONPHA's Vision for a More Effective Affordable Housing System in Ontario 
October 30, 2009
 

ONPHA's input to the Government of Ontario's consultation on development of the Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy

A Housing Benefit for Ontario: One Housing Solution for a Poverty Reduction Strategy 
November 29, 2008
 

A proposal submitted to the Province of Ontario by a coalition of industry and community organizations.

Implementing Inclusionary Zoning Policy to Facilitate Affordable Housing Development in Ontario 
October 26, 2007
 

Examines the potential to strengthen legislation to encourage and enable municipalities to adopt inclusionary policies

Suggestions of the Design of a Low Income Housing Tax Credit for Canada 
February 23, 2007
 

This paper examines the proposal for a made in Canada Low Income Housing Tax Credit reflecting on US experience

The Case for a Systematic Solution to Discriminatory NIMBY Opposition in Ontario 
October 13, 2005
 

In this paper we look at NIMBYism and the steps that Ontario could take to protect the human rights of its citizens, prevent discriminatory planning practices, and forestall costly Ontario Municipal Board hearings