✔️ Jeff Leiper

Endorsement Quote: "The Starts With Home platform is a pragmatic, achievable program that recognizes the critical importance of maintaining affordable housing stock, stopping preventable housing loss, and building more homes."

1. Stop the Loss ✔️Tenants Protections: "To the extent allowed under provincial legislation, strengthening tenant protections is a building block of addressing housing loss. Landlords and tenants will both need tools to ensure successful tenancies, but the power imbalance in those relationships requires special consideration for the latter." ✔️Housing Acquisition"Purchasing residential properties to maintain those with affordable rents is critical to increasing affordable housing stock. The Ottawa Community Land Trust is doing important work in this space and should be considered as a partner to the effort. The for-profit rental market will likely never deliver the number of affordable units we need in Ottawa. Funding from all three levels of government will be needed to increase truly affordable stock."
2. Create More ✔️Inclusionary Zoning: "I have been a vocal advocate of inclusionary zoning, working with our MPP when the issue was before Queen's Park to develop the best framework for it possible. In a ward such as Kitchissippi, proximity to transit and amenities without some level of intervention will mean that only the most affluent can live here. That is neither healthy nor reflective of Council's intent in making investments in sustainable transportation infrastructure." ✔️Increased Budget: "The level of investment being asked for here is within realistic limits, but will require political will. It will be fundamental as we seek to increase our investment that residents across Ottawa understand their moral obligation to see their neighbours appropriately housed, as well as the fundamental decay in our society that we create when we do not invest adequately. Municipal government has its role to play, and we will show the way to our federal and provincial counterparts."
3. Preserve the Quality ✔️Landlord Licensing: "Licensing will help prevent long-term decay that ultimately ends with reno- and demoviction. For a modest cost to landlords, we can preserve more of our affordable housing stock." ✔️Ombudsperson: "I would like here to provide kudos to the hardworking city staff, under-resourced to be sure, who work with my office as best they can to address issues of ensuring new housing is built, help prevent housing loss, and advise on housing policy. However, the housing issue does not have the visibility within the City bureaucracy that it needs: something an ombudsperson can address."

Link to website: jeffleiper.ca

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