Housing Stability For All - Rapid Housing Initiative

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London is in a homelessness and housing crisis and this impacts all Londoners.

The City's Homeless Prevention and Housing team, along with many community partners are working hard each and every day to help provide Londoners with safe, appropriate, housing with affordability and supports. Housing stability is the foundation for a city where people and communities can thrive and the City of London is moving forward on it's plan to increase the supply of affordable housing across our City.

On September 21, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that they would be delivering $1 billion to help address urgent housing needs of people and populations who were vulnerable in need of permanent affordable housing through a Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI).

The funding, delivered through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the RHI project will cover the construction of modular housing, as well as the acquisition of land and the conversion of existing buildings to affordable housing.

This initiative will be delivered through two finding streams:

  1. Major Cities Stream - which will flow directly to municipalities to ensure funds are directed to areas where chronic homelessness is most prevalent and;
  2. Projects Stream - which will prioritize applications received from Provinces, Territories, municipalities, Indigenous governing bodies and organizations and non-profits based on the overall strength of the application.

As part of the first funding stream, London has been identified for immediate funding of $7,546,767 to create new permanent housing with affordability for Londoners.

Thanks to this infusion of funding, London's Homeless Prevention and Housing team, along with many community partners, will be able to help create new affordable housing opportunities across London. Read the full Letter of Notice.

Learn more about Rapid Housing Initiative below, including selected sites for these new buildings.

Funding Announcement

On December 16, 2020, London Mayor Ed Holder, along with MP Kate Young, MP Peter Fragiskatos and Councillor Steven Turner announced the details of the Government of Canada's funding of $7.5 million to support the Rapid Housing Initiative in London. This is exciting news for our community! Read the full news release here.



London is in a homelessness and housing crisis and this impacts all Londoners.

The City's Homeless Prevention and Housing team, along with many community partners are working hard each and every day to help provide Londoners with safe, appropriate, housing with affordability and supports. Housing stability is the foundation for a city where people and communities can thrive and the City of London is moving forward on it's plan to increase the supply of affordable housing across our City.

On September 21, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that they would be delivering $1 billion to help address urgent housing needs of people and populations who were vulnerable in need of permanent affordable housing through a Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI).

The funding, delivered through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the RHI project will cover the construction of modular housing, as well as the acquisition of land and the conversion of existing buildings to affordable housing.

This initiative will be delivered through two finding streams:

  1. Major Cities Stream - which will flow directly to municipalities to ensure funds are directed to areas where chronic homelessness is most prevalent and;
  2. Projects Stream - which will prioritize applications received from Provinces, Territories, municipalities, Indigenous governing bodies and organizations and non-profits based on the overall strength of the application.

As part of the first funding stream, London has been identified for immediate funding of $7,546,767 to create new permanent housing with affordability for Londoners.

Thanks to this infusion of funding, London's Homeless Prevention and Housing team, along with many community partners, will be able to help create new affordable housing opportunities across London. Read the full Letter of Notice.

Learn more about Rapid Housing Initiative below, including selected sites for these new buildings.

Funding Announcement

On December 16, 2020, London Mayor Ed Holder, along with MP Kate Young, MP Peter Fragiskatos and Councillor Steven Turner announced the details of the Government of Canada's funding of $7.5 million to support the Rapid Housing Initiative in London. This is exciting news for our community! Read the full news release here.



  • 122 Baseline Road West.

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    16 Dec 2020
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    The City of London is moving forward with it's plans to provide vulnerable and priority populations in London access to permanent, safe and affordable housing opportunities with the construction of a 61-unit modular construction-style building for 122 Baseline Road West.

    Based on Council's approval of HDC's zoning application to build on the former municipal surplus land site, together with the CMHC RHI funding, City investments and provincial funding, a sustainable multi-residential apartment building at 122 Baseline Road West will be designed and constructed to integrate into the surrounding community.


    Questions?

    What is being proposed?

    The construction of a four storey, 61-unit building comprised of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units is proposed for this location.

    Why is this housing needed?

    Providing rental housing with affordability will allow for more Londoners to move into permanent housing, promoting housing stability for all.

    Why was this site chosen?

    Through the City's disposition of municipal surplus lands policy, Council authorized the transfer of lands to the Housing Development Corporation, London (HDC) for 122 Baseline Road West which was finalized in December 2018 with the intent to build affordable housing. The site was chosen to apply to the Major Cities Stream of RHI because HDC has completed the preliminary engineering and Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments required to quickly advance to a shovel-ready multi-residential development site.

    Sites are also selected based on land cost, size, location, and access to transportation and other goods and services in order for tenants to access health care and basic need to promote housing stability.

    What types of services and supports will be offered in these new buildings?

    Services will be tailored to individual need. There is no one size fits all service. Instead, individualized support plans are created to reflect each tenants goals to achieve housing stability. This may include help getting a family physician, support connecting to community resources in a new neighbourhood, etc. The support each tenant receives is very similar to how a Personal Support Worker would support someone with medical needs to maintain their home.

    What about neighbourhood safety?

    We do not anticipate any increased public safety issues in the neighbourhood as a result of the new build on 122 Baseline Road West. The City and HDC will be responsible to ensure that community concerns are addressed.

    What is the timeline for building?

    The RHI program requires that the building is occupied by December 31, 2021.

    What will this building look like?

    The building’s colour palette, architectural features and use of certain building materials will all be taken into consideration to ensure the construction fits into the local context of it’s surrounding community, and one that will stand the test of time. This project will also include a detailed landscape design.

    Building elevations will be prepared in the coming months. Plans will be reviewed through a public site plan process where the ultimate “look” of the building will be presented.

    How can I share my input on these projects?

    You can share your input on these projects by leaving your question or comment through the “Question and Comment” section of this site.

    How can I help welcome my new neighbours into our community?

    Developing a healthy, inclusive and welcoming community can begin with a simple smile and wave and introduction of yourself to your new neighbour. Including new neighbours in community activities such as potlucks and BBQs is a great way to meet. Share your ideas for welcoming your new neighbours to the community by visiting the 'IDEAS" section of this website.