WHAT is the 10-Year Housing & Homelessness Plan for Stratford, Perth County, and St. Marys?

    The 10-Year Housing & Homelessness Plan for Stratford, Perth County, and St. Marys was released on January 1, 2014. The purpose of the plan is to create an integrated system of housing and homelessness supports locally by: 
    • Understanding current and future housing needs
    • Identifying gaps and challenges in providing local services and supports
    • Developing recommendations to address those gaps and challenges
    • Creating a way to measure the impact of implementing those recommendations

    WHO is responsible for this Plan?

    The 10-Year Housing & Homelessness Plan is a community plan. It provides direction related to housing and homelessness supports to all communities within Perth County including; the City of Stratford, the Town of St. Marys, the Municipalities of North Perth and West Perth, and the Townships of Perth East and Perth South.

    The City of Stratford Social Services Department is responsible for facilitating the implementation of the Plan because, as the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager (CMSM), the City administers provincial social services across Perth County, including social assistance (Ontario Works), homelessness reponse services, social housing, and child care programming. 

    The Social Services Department implements the Plan in collaboration with the other 5 municipal governments and the many community partners who provide supports and assistance to residents who are in need. 

    WHY are we reviewing this Plan?

    Ontario’s Housing Services Act, 2011 mandates the review of 10-Year Housing & Homelessness Plans at least once every 5 years. This is to make sure the Plan:

    • Continues to reflect local needs and address local challenges
    • Supports Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy, 2016
    • Supports Canada’s National Housing Strategy, 2017

    A review of the Plan needs to consider the following 8 policy directives:

    1. Accountability and Outcomes – the Plan needs to outline who is responsible for implementing the recommendations and how we are going to show they are successful.
    2. Ending Homelessness – the Plan needs to show the steps our communities are going to take in order to meet the province’s goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2025.
    3. Coordination with Other Community Services – the Plan needs to clearly outline how community agencies across human service systems will work together and partner on activities that improve coordination and client access.
    4. Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) – the Plan needs to reflect an emphasis on working more closely with local Indigenous communities both in the planning and implementation of services and programming.
    5. A Broad Range of Community Needs – the Plan needs to include recommendations that take into account the different housing needs of residents in our communities (for example, the needs of youth, seniors, persons with disabilities, and so on).
    6. Non-profit Housing Corporations and Non-profit Co-operatives – the Plan needs to support all forms of social housing providers and show how this type of affordable housing can be maintained in the long-term.
    7. The Private Market – The Plan needs outline what role the private sector has in providing a mix and range of affordable housing to meet local needs.
    8. Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability – the Plan needs to describe how social and affordable housing will move towards being more energy efficient and resilient to the effects of climate change.