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.

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Research Papers

Stengthening social housing communities 
November 17, 2015
 

This report addresses the challenge of unsupported tenancies, highlighting successful initiatives across the province and providing detailed recommendations to ensure that all tenants are able to enjoy a secure home in a healthy community.

Affordable housing as economic development 
September 11, 2015
 

The connections between affordable housing investment and economic growth are well recognized. In this report, ONPHA highlights the business case for investing in affordable housing in Northern and Southwestern Ontario communities.

A simpler cheaper housing subsidy - full report 
July 03, 2015
 

This report identifies two sets of reforms to Ontario’s rent-geared-to-income (RGI) system to streamline administration, simplify and reduce delivery and oversight costs, and generate better outcomes for households in need of housing assistance.

A simpler cheaper housing subsidy - summary 
July 03, 2015
 

This report identifies two sets of reforms to Ontario’s rent-geared-to-income (RGI) system to streamline administration, simplify and reduce delivery and oversight costs, and generate better outcomes for households in need of housing assistance.

Big problems need bold solutions 
April 11, 2014
 

Hundreds of thousands of Ontario homes fail to meet the standards of housing adequacy. This report uses a number of proven policy tools to outline an ambitious ten-year plan to eliminate Persistent Core Housing Need and homelessness in the province.

Where's Home 2013 
June 18, 2013
 

A lack of affordable housing limits opportunity for many Ontarians. This report offers a broad retrospective on sector trends and issues over the last two decades and illustrates the need for affordable rental housing in Ontario.