Invitation to a Nov 16, 7pm kitchen table Housing & Homeless chat: Which tasks should the LCA focus on in the next year?
Today Ottawa has an estimated 2500 households who risk losing their home because of Covid-19. That's on top of about 2000 people currently filling our shelters, and another 150 people estimated to be living unsheltered in parks, on the street and vacant lots. At the same time the city has an updated, but as yet unfunded, $1billion, 10-year plan to end homelessness, that still lacks clear accountability and effective governance.
Come out Nov 16 at 7pm, for a kitchen table chat about what we can do ourselves about ending chronic homelessness. For the link, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Which of these ideas below should be LCA's priority? Please come to discuss any of your priorities at the Nov. 16 zoom-chat.
- Promote house sharing, accessory dwelling units, modular housing, etc
- Improve homeless street outreach service coordination
- Lobby for clearer accountability for tasks in 10-year homelessness plan update
- Identify owners of vacant lots and help them build affordable housing
- Recruit local landlords for affordable housing subsidy programs
- Promote a rental replacement bylaw requiring any rentals demolished be replaced
- Lobby to reduce development charges on new developments
- Lobby for applying inclusionary zoning in Lowertown
- Increase participation of homeless in LCA
- Increase zoning density in Lowertown
- Lobby for Universal Basic Income
- Lobby for emergency housing over the winter in response to anticipated increases in those experiencing homelessness from COVID19
- Lobby for increased mobile mental health service funding
- Other ideas welcome!