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Pre-register to Attend the Affordable Housing Virtual Open House

On Thursday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m., the Town will host a virtual open house on Affordable Housing. Mayor Bonnette, Town staff and members from the Affordable Housing Working Group will be on hand to talk about what affordable housing means to Halton Hills.

Topics include affordable housing initiatives in the Town and the benefits of accessory dwelling units in today's housing market.

During the event, attendees will have the chance to join breakout discussions, take part in Live polls, ask questions and more.

You have the opportunity to ask questions before the live session HERE.

Please note that the event will be recorded so anyone unable to join us live, can watch later on LTHH.



Everyone should have access to safe, appropriate and affordable housing. However, communities across Ontario are facing a housing crisis; and Halton Hills is no exception.

In keeping with the Shaping Growth priority in the Town’s Strategic Plan, Halton Hills recognizes the importance of facilitating housing that is affordable and accessible in order to meet the needs of its current and future residents.

Affordable housing is a priority in Halton Hills, and is currently addressed throughout the Official Plan, Secondary Plans, Community Sustainability Strategy, and Strategic Plan.

We want to hear from you. Share your thoughts on what affordable housing means to you and how the Town can provide appropriate and attainable housing for all.

Learn more about Affordable Housing in Halton Hills








Pre-register to Attend the Affordable Housing Virtual Open House

On Thursday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m., the Town will host a virtual open house on Affordable Housing. Mayor Bonnette, Town staff and members from the Affordable Housing Working Group will be on hand to talk about what affordable housing means to Halton Hills.

Topics include affordable housing initiatives in the Town and the benefits of accessory dwelling units in today's housing market.

During the event, attendees will have the chance to join breakout discussions, take part in Live polls, ask questions and more.

You have the opportunity to ask questions before the live session HERE.

Please note that the event will be recorded so anyone unable to join us live, can watch later on LTHH.



Everyone should have access to safe, appropriate and affordable housing. However, communities across Ontario are facing a housing crisis; and Halton Hills is no exception.

In keeping with the Shaping Growth priority in the Town’s Strategic Plan, Halton Hills recognizes the importance of facilitating housing that is affordable and accessible in order to meet the needs of its current and future residents.

Affordable housing is a priority in Halton Hills, and is currently addressed throughout the Official Plan, Secondary Plans, Community Sustainability Strategy, and Strategic Plan.

We want to hear from you. Share your thoughts on what affordable housing means to you and how the Town can provide appropriate and attainable housing for all.

Learn more about Affordable Housing in Halton Hills


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As a single Senior, I would love to stay in this community where I have resided for the past 26 years. I own a home here in Georgetown, and as I get older I find it more difficult to maintain my home, nor do I need such a large space. I don't want to leave Georgetown as my friends are here, my life is here. I live
close to my Church, my Doctor and Pharmacist, the Mall where I can shop and meet friends for a coffee, etc. I would say that I am house rich and cash poor. I cannot afford a condominium, the monthly fees would break me. I am 70 and plan to live a long healthy life. Why are you allowing Developers to build so many Condos when so many of us Seniors can't
afford them? We just need a nice, neat, safe, well managed rent-controlled apartment that we can afford. Don't you want Seniors to stay in your Community? They add a lot to the well-being of this community, don't you think? Many of us are stilI capable of living an independent and productive life. We are not ready to go into care yet! I know that you have to consider so many things when deciding on what actions to take for the future. All I ask is that you please include the older folks and those just starting out in life in your considerations. Thank you!

Ilovegeorgetown 5 days ago

Start building smaller homes, with accessory dwelling suites to rent out (legal basement suites, carriage house units, etc). This would help affordable housing in Halton Hills immensely. Not everyone needs or wants (let alone can afford) the big single family homes close to one million dollars that are currently saturating the market.

Building smaller homes with rental spaces would also help the rental market by bringing in more opportunities to rent, hopefully dropping the exorbitant rent in the area right now. Paying $2000-2500 a month in rent is basically the only option in Georgetown which is not only ridiculous, but out of reach for lots of people. And for those who can afford it, it then becomes even harder to save up for a down payment. I think the idea of homes similar to the victory houses is a great idea - smaller lots, smaller homes, and bringing in some more options for single people or smaller families whose price range is $500,000 or less.

LMK 5 days ago

Where does Halton (Georgetown) stand in relation to other towns in development costs for housing? If we want affordable housing we need to start with affordable development costs for land to be devoted to affordable housing. I believe a developer can build an affordable house if he can be given affordable land. Have we priced ourselves out of the affordable housing market??

peterpritchard 5 days ago

Maybe small but people could afford to have their own space to enjoy.

JY1 6 days ago

I see alot of entitled attitudes on this page. If you need housing affordable to your specific situation then why not go to places that have the housing you can afford? Maybe check out North Bay? I pay a mortgage and taxes in halton hills and no one is offerring to subsidize my bills. Being this close to Toronto with a shortage of new housing builds because of green space restrictions means high property values. Its just a supply and demand issue, not a social issue.

Dawn 11 days ago

houses people can afford. not just rentals. we do not need 4000 square foot 1000000 dollar homes. perhaps the town can start to mandate smaller affordable housing. I look at homes built in the 1960s. churchill rd area. small 3 bedrooms on lots that can be used. maybe take a page from history. smaller. not huge homes.

Derek 17 days ago

I'm a senior and would like an affordable townhouse that's not 3 stories tall. All those stairs so they can squeeze every cent out of a tiny lot. I also want to put an in-law suite in it. The townhouses they're building now cost more than my fully detached home. I have to look in Guelph.

haltonhome 21 days ago

As an aging senior the realization that I should NOW!! register my name for one of the few existing affordable housing buildings in Georgetown is daunting; along with the thought that in 10 years time, would one even become available! It is unsettling to think I would need to move from Georgetown and leave behind the closeness of family and lifelong friends. I am hopeful that affordable housing remains a priority in Halton Hills beyond what is planned at 17 Guelph St.

Debra 23 days ago

The Town claims that affordable housing is "a priority". Seems that "The Town" has been asleep at the switch for the past 10 years given the acknowledged known shortage of affordable housing in Halton Hills and that no new rental housing has been built in the area since 2011!

A recent inquiry of an existing low cost residence in Georgetown on behalf of my 90 year old Mother brought a response of: "sorry, we have a waiting list that goes back to 2009". One needs to read no further than the comments left here by people who are in real - desperate need of affordable housing to realize how critical the situation is.

Time for our elected representatives to stop talking about and start building affordable housing. It's a crying shame and it breaks my heart to see what our seniors as well as others are being put through as a result of our representatives' inaction on the critical shortage of affordable housing for town residents.

Gerry

Gerry 24 days ago

We want to be part of the affordable housing solution. We own our home. We would love to rent part of it out as we don't use all the space that we have. However, construction requirements, legal liability, and capital gain tax implications if we decide to sell, all make this daunting. If government could make it easier for private home owners, we have many spacious homes that could be generate many affordable rental spaces.

Stewart 25 days ago

Unfortunately, this is a vicious circle that will never be solved. The prices of both homes and rent have increased dramatically compared to average income over the past decade . Problem - combination of propaganda and population.
The prices of homes have gone up because of society's stigma that owning is superior to renting. If more of the people who lost sleep over the stress of how to pay their mortgage on a new home decided instead not to buy, we would be less likely in this situation. This is also part of the reason interest rates are stupid low; the government knows it will get disastrous if rates go up. Canadians are too much in debt.
The other issue is population growth. Doesn't matter if we stop having children, the government will seek immigrants to keep the population rising. Stigma two - growth is good. Thus, the demand for homes and shelter will continue to rise and unless we construct more dwellings than families, the prices are not going down anytime soon. Much less if we consider the environmental impact of all this.
So even if we build more 'affordable housing', who sets the price and more importantly who controls the resale price?

Just as Concerned 25 days ago

Affordable housing is DESPERATELY needed in Acton. Once again, our needs in Acton are ignored and an affordable housing unit is going forward in Georgetown. What plans, if any, do you have for Acton in the immediate future?

Ellen 27 days ago

There is a desperate need forSenior’s affordable accommodation in Acton. Many Seniors have to move out of town. There is a desperate situation in Acton. HELP!

Frank Ellen 3 months ago

Affordable housing would mean being able to get out of a horrible living situation. It would mean being able to raise my autistic non verbal child where he wouldn't have an adult waging war against him. I would give anything to be able to give my son a home where he would be safe, where I could actually take him to play outside without my being scared a drunk or high driver was going to kill him. I'm on a fixed income and if I want my child to have a safe home I'm having to move 3+ hours away from Halton Hills.

Cdk 3 months ago

A sliding scale, with the max being 30% of a person/family's income. It should be designed as such that the resident feels empowered and safe.

Sweetums28@hotmail.com 3 months ago

To get and keep housing ! Everyone has the right to a place they can call home on any budget !
Rent should be 30% of income - what is the Region doing to help make this happen ? Programs : renovation and 2nd suites / RGI/ Subsidy/ COHB (how did the Region apply these funds) / Rent up programs
Educate LL - educate tenants- especially with new legislation
A lot of money has been transferred to municipalities to deal with homelessness and lack of affordable sustainable housing - for Halton - what new builds are planned or partnerships have been developed to ensure the Region is meeting targets of the strategic plan.

Buttler1 3 months ago

Everyone has the right to a safe home no matter the budget ! Right to get and keep housing.
a lot of money has been given to regions to make this happen - what is haltons plan?
Halton - how many shelters do you have ? Lighthouse and ???
For the rural areas- what financial housing supports are you giving to towns ?
What affordable builds are happening ? Renovation programs to keep people housed or assist with 2nd suits.
What programs are being offered: subsidy? RGI? Or rent up? COHB - how did Halton connect people to this benefit?
What are your plans to tackle the housing waitlist?

Buttler1 3 months ago

The town needs more low income housing available to families in town. I’m a single mother and cannot afford to have an apartment or house by myself. The rent in this town is ridiculously high and no family on a single income can afford it.

Angel_eyes 3 months ago

We have large old industrial buildings that are on the west side of the Georgetown train station that could be knocked down and the whole area converted to affordable housing. Why doesn't the town approach the owner of the land and buildings with a committee and get them started on this sooner than later.

Tandem2 4 months ago

We are in DESPERATE need of Seniors apartments in Acton! Presently, long time residents have to move out of town. I know of one case whereby a Senior has been on a waiting list since 2016 and are presently number 50 on the list. So that likely equals 10 more years if you are lucky. This is very sad. This has been going on for many years.

FrankEllen 4 months ago