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REPORT TO: Special Council <br />DATE OF MEETING:August 31, 2020 <br />SUBMITTED BY: Justin Readman, General Manager, Development Services <br />519-741-2200 ext. 7646 <br />PREPARED BY:Karen Cooper, Manager, Strategic and Business Planning, <br />519-741-2200 ext. 7817 <br />Andrew Ramsaroop, Engagement and Program Manager <br />519-741-2200 ext. 7242 <br />WARD (S) INVOLVED: All <br />DATE OF REPORT: August 31, 2020 <br />REPORT NO.: DSD-20-108 <br />SUBJECT: Draft Housing Strategy <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />THAT report DSD-20-108 Draft Housing Strategy be tabled for further public input with a <br />final recommended Housing Strategy to be considered by Council in December 2020; <br />THAT staff be directed to proceed with the four quick wins identified in Report DSD-20- <br />108 Draft Housing Strategy; namely: <br />Responding to homelessness bycollaborating with the Region to provide land to develop <br />supportive housing on city and regional sites in Kitchener that could be built quickly <br />through private sector involvement and operated by our community’s non-profit housing <br />and service providers; <br />Collaborating with community organizations and the Region to create an advocacy plan <br />for a coordinated “big ask” specific to the communities in the region from the federal and <br />provincial governments; <br />Confirming housing need numbers to achieve agreement on the “right” numbers so that <br />solid plans can be made to meet the “real” needs in Kitchener; and <br />Developing a policy to provide for interest-free development charge deferrals over 20 <br />years for eligible affordable housing projects to improve the financial viability of these <br />projectsand incentivize development of affordable housing in Kitchener. <br />AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to use the remaining $40,000 within the 2020 <br />affordable housing budget to advance the “responding to homelessness” quick win <br />identified above. <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 - 1 <br />