The focusON series examines key issues facing Ontario’s affordable housing system and presents a variety of perspectives. Our goal is to encourage thoughtful and reflective discussion on the development of sound housing policy and the future of affordable housing in Ontario. 

focusON papers

Aging in place in social housing 
February 11, 2016

Current approaches to aging in place rarely consider the unique needs of low-income seniors. Learn more about the challenges of aging in place in social housing in our most recent report.

Making ends meet: Opportunities and challenges of rental assistance programs 
September 14, 2015

This paper examines why rental assistance programs have risen in use by the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, and discusses the benefits and consequences associated with these programs.

LHINs and the housing system 
December 12, 2013

As Local Health Integration Networks strive to create better-integrated local health care systems, individual supportive housing providers are challenged by issues on "flow through," community integration and amalgamation.

Rental market data from the 2011 National Household Survey 
September 16, 2013

Data from the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS), which replaced the long-form census, were released in September 2013. This focusON is an overview of current housing trends in Ontario, with an emphasis on the rental housing sectors.

Housing first 
May 15, 2013

Ontario has directed service managers to approach homelessness using a housing first approach. ONPHA examines the impact this direction has on our sector, and offers concrete steps that the Province can take to ensure success.

Local housing and homelessness plans 
February 15, 2013

Communities are now responsible for the delivery of housing and homelessness services in Ontario. This focusON explores key considerations as they begin the process of creating the plans which will drive the future of affordable housing in Ontario.