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 - FocusON series 
February 11, 2016

Like other seniors, many tenants in social housing would like to remain in their homes for as long as possible. This paper examines aging in place approaches for low-income seniors through the lens of Ontarians living in social housing.

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

Ontario is facing an affordable housing crisis. 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 of these programs.

LHINs and the housing system – FocusON series 
December 12, 2013

This paper examines the working relationship between supportive housing providers and Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and offers recommendations to improve collaboration and coordination.

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

Data from the 2011 National Household Survey (released in September 2013) shows increased rental demand in Ontario as affordability problems persist. This paper provides an overview of current housing trends in Ontario, emphasizing rental sectors.

Housing first – FocusON series 
May 15, 2013

The housing first approach requires that service managers help those experiencing homelessness to access and maintain affordable housing. This paper examines the impact this has on our sector and offers steps the Province can take to ensure success.

Local housing and homelessness plans – FocusON series 
February 15, 2013

The Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy and the Housing Services Act, 2011 make service managers responsible for the delivery of housing and homelessness services in Ontario. This paper explores key considerations for the creation of their plans.