|1. Stop the Loss||✔️Tenants Protections: "I will work with City Council to provide stronger protections to tenants from renovictions and demovictions. As I campaign in Kitchissippi neighbourhoods I am seeing many boarded up and empty homes. Residents tell me that these former homes have stood empty for years despite the existence of an affordable housing crisis in Ottawa. Boarded up and demolished houses increase the insecurity and isolation of those choosing to remain in such neighbourhoods. I meet young adults, adults and seniors, some of whom have been racialized, stigmatized by poverty, disability or trauma, all of whom are struggling to find affordable and liveable housing. Nearly all residents I meet express concern that developers are building massive new buildings as financial investments, not investments in building communities, and that the new developments will do nothing to increase affordable housing for the people who most need it."||✔️Housing Acquisition: "The non-profit housing acquisition strategy is an excellent idea proactively to shape the future of affordable housing throughout Ottawa. We need inclusive, accessible, affordable and stable communities."|
|2. Create More||✔️Inclusionary Zoning: "I strongly favour an inclusionary zoning policy. Experts tell me that inclusive affordable housing, that is, creating communities that include a mix of income levels and a diversity of residents, helps to build cohesive, vibrant and safe communities. The physical design of buildings must be well-adapted to accommodate the special needs of persons with physical limitations or disabilities (the elevator problems experienced recently highlight this issue). My work on gender equality, Indigenous peoples’ rights and health related human rights suggests to me that inclusive approaches that celebrate cultural diversity are the best way to strengthen social solidarity and help reconcile historic inequalities."||✔️Increased Budget: "Affordable, safe, and culturally adapted housing must be a priority for Ottawa. I strongly favour City Council working with First Nations, Inuit and Metis leaders to design an Indigenous housing strategy that meets their communities’ needs, on their own terms. As Councillor I will also seek to engage with Indigenous leaders about how the city can better address other important issues, such as, • protecting the biodiversity of the Ottawa river shoreline, • recognizing the Algonquin Anishinaabe historical and present-day cultural connection to the region, • ensuring culturally appropriate medical services and improving the ecological footprint of the new Civic Hospital development, and • building a sustainable, inclusive and innovative city for future generations."|
|3. Preserve the Quality||✔️Landlord Licensing: "A landlord licensing system could be beneficial in ensuring the safety and maintenance of buildings and helping to track and tax the stock of rental properties. I recognize there may be pushback about this idea and it will be important to consult with landlords and tenants and to be able to show how the program could benefit both tenants and landlords. Such a system would also enable the development of incentive programs to include landlords and tenants in contributing to climate action (e.g. improving home insulation, switching to cleaner heating systems, planting tree cover, establishing vegetable and fruit gardens and green roofs etc.)"||
✔️Ombudsperson: "Because affordable housing is such a pressing issue, it likely would be beneficial to appoint someone to gather knowledge and best practices, advocate for, report on and oversee the city's progress on the issue of affordable housing. Providing critical oversight on the affordable housing strategy will help educate councillors and city staff and hold them accountable for making progress on the strategy. Framing housing as a human rights issue may help to elevate its importance in budgetary and other planning discussions at City Hall and underlines the city’s responsibility to take steps to help residents enjoy the right."
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