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PURPOSE: <br /> <br />This report presents the DraftHousing Strategy prepared by staff with contributions from the <br />Affordable Housing Strategy Advisory Committee, Council, stakeholders and the public <br />through an Engage Kitchener Survey. The Draft Housing Strategy is included as Appendix A to <br />this report, and provides: <br /> <br /> A summary of key housing issues in the City of Kitchener. <br /> 5 Strategies and related actions to help guide the City in meeting the housing needs. <br /> A foundation for further public and stakeholder engagement. <br /> <br />BACKGROUND: <br /> <br />On June 24, 2019 Council approved the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, including the Caring <br />Community Goal which focuses in part on helping to make housing affordable and the strategic <br />action to create an Affordable Housing Strategy by 2020. Council also received the Affordable <br />Housing Strategy Workplan on June 24, 2019 which is summarized in the following graphic. <br /> <br />Figure 1: Work Plan <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Council received the Housing Needs Assessment on January 13, 2020 and participated in a <br />Strategy Session focused on Affordable Housing Issues and Options on February 24, 2020. An <br />Engage Kitchener Survey was launched on March 13, 2020 and concluded on May 8, 2020. <br /> <br />The Housing Strategy <br /> <br />Affordable housing means equitable access to safe and appropriate housing for all. City Staff <br />therefore shifted the name of the Affordable Housing Strategy to simply, the Housing Strategy. <br />This removes the stigma sometimes associated with affordable housing as if it is less than other <br />housing. Through this strategy and its engagement staff are committed to actively working <br />*** This information is available in accessible formats upon request. *** <br />Please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994 for assistance. <br />11 - 2 <br />