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Affordable Housing

"Affordable housing encompasses a range of housing types allowing all residents to find suitable living space without spending a disproportionate percentage of their income. It can include ownership, rental or social housing." The City of Barrie

BDAR believes that community prosperity is based in large part of shelter and home ownership. In 2017, BDAR will be focusing on affordable housing and helping first-time buyers understand how to get on the housing ladder. As part of this, BDAR is supporting Redwood Park Communities, a local organization who provides safe, affordable housing to members of our community. Read more about the partnership in this article.

Learn more about Redwood Park Communities by watching the video below.

Social Housing Connections

Affordable Housing Strategy - The City of Barrie
In February 2015, City Council approved the Affordable Housing Strategy (AHS), which provides a progressive plan to encourage, stimulate and increase the supply and range of affordable housing options to meet the needs of our residents, at all income levels and stages of life. The City’s goal is to create 840 affordable units by 2024. Read more here.

County of Simcoe: 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy
The County of Simcoe has outlined a 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy for the development and implementation of creative solutions for increasing affordable housing for all residents in Simcoe County. Ensuring a range of affordable housing options will ensure greater access to a range of affordable housing options; a commitment has been made to achieving a minimum of 2, 685 new affordable housing units throughout the region by 2024. Read more here.

Access to Housing - A resource has been designed to help individuals and families who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness search for available rental accommodations in Simcoe County.

Social Housing - Finding social housing in the County of Simcoe.

Homeownership Program - A program to assist low-to-moderate income renter households in Simcoe County to purchase an affordable home by providing 10% down payment assistance in the form of a forgivable loan.

Barrie Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation - Has the objective to provide and operate housing accommodation and recreational facilities primarily for persons of low or modest income at rentals below current rental market rates. Objectives also include the purchase, lease and to otherwise acquire and to hold, enjoy, manage, develop and improve lands and buildings and interest therein.

Habitat for Humanity Huronia - A people-to-people organization forming partnerships with community leaders, builders, suppliers, volunteers and Family Partners; and together, providing simple, adequate and affordable housing to families caught in the vicious cycle of poverty. Through volunteer labour and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partnering) families.

CMHC Affordable Housing Centre - The Affordable Housing Centre helps you create or maintain affordable housing. They provide personalized support, deliver federal investments and offer a wealth of tools and resources. The Centre also work actively with social housing groups to help them improve their long-term viability and prepare for the end of their operating agreement.