A Home for All is Niagara's 10-year Community Action Plan to help everyone in Niagara have a home.
The Housing and Homelessness Action Plan provides a complete vision for aligning activities to address current and future need in Niagara related to affordable housing and homelessness.
The plan's aim is that every person in Niagara has an affordable, suitable and adequate home to provide the foundation to secure employment, raise a family, and build strong communities.
House people who do not have a home
Help people find and retain a home
Increase housing options
Improve the housing system
To accomplish the goals of the Housing and Homelessness Action Plan, Niagara Region must partner with housing
and homelessness service providers across the health, corrections and child welfare systems, with municipal, provincial and federal governments, private developers, and Indigenous organizations and communities.
The Housing and Homelessness Action Plan working groups support collaboration in nine focus areas. Participants can align initiatives and provide ongoing input to the Region on service and system planning.
An evidence-based, housing-focused approach which engages with people sleeping rough to create pathways into housing while minimizing the harmful effects of rough sleeping.
Chair: Shelly Mousseau, Gateway Residential and Support Services
A community-wide system that streamlines the process for people experiencing homelessness to access housing and supports using a comprehensive by-name list of every person in the community experiencing homelessness, updated in real time.
Facilitated by Homelessness Services staff
Supports individuals and families in imminent risk of experiencing homelessness to maintain their housing or obtain new housing without becoming homeless.
Co-Chairs: Michael Lethby, The RAFT and Jon Braithwaite, The Hope Centre
Supports increased use of innovation to address the challenge of housingÂ affordability in Niagara.
Chair: Lori Beech, Bethlehem Housing and Support Services
Are recovery-oriented approaches to ending homelessness that center on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing and then providing additional supports and services as needed.
Co-Chairs: Shelly Mousseau, Gateway Residential and Support Services and David Michels, Southridge Community Church
Is a best practice for providing short-term emergency accommodation, which aims to make homelessness as brief as possible while returning people to permanent accommodation.
Chair: Steve Brnjas, Salvation Army Booth Centre
Acts as a consultative body on policies, procedures and guidelines related to non-profit and co-operative housing provider concerns, and identifies any issues or gaps in service.
Chair: Betty Ann Baker, Niagara Peninsula Homes
Provides an opportunity for participants in Niagaraâ€™s homeless serving system to bring their experience and perspective of homelessness, housing and supports in order to raise awareness, educate, address stigma and inform local policies and practice.
Chair: Ilona Matheson, Community Member
Provides short-term accommodation for those in need of housing during a life transition. It is meant to provide a safe, supportive environment where residents can overcome trauma, begin to address the issues that led to homelessness or kept them homeless, and begin to rebuild their support network.
Chair: Elisabeth Zimmermann, YWCA Niagara Region
In 2021, Niagara had a net loss of purpose built rental units. Average market rents for two-bedroom units increased by about 6 per cent for the second year in a row, with average rents for a two-bedroom unit increasing to $1,192 per month. Asking rents for scarce bachelor and three-bedroom units were up to 40 per cent higher than average market rents.
The average vacancy rate fell to 1.9 per cent , with average vacancy rates closer to one per cent for units that are affordable for lower income households. A more challenging rental market increases pressure on community housing supply. In 2021, the centralized housing waitlist grew by 11.5 per cent to 9,171 households.
Individuals placed through Home for Good program
Issuances of the housing stability plan assistance
Unique individuals accessed emergency shelter
Average number of days in shelter per user
Youth (16-24) diverted from shelter
New households in the Housing First program
Move-ins for people experiencing chronic homelessness
People who were chronically homeless on
Households on the central housing waitlist
Niagara Regional Housing-owned units
People on the By-Name List on Dec. 31, 2021
Non-profit and co-operatives units
|New Niagara Regional Housing development||Amount||Units||Status|
|Hawkins Avenue, Niagara Falls||$20,800,000||73 (61 net new)||100% complete|
|York Street, Welland||$13,700,000||43||To be completed 2022|
|New supportive housing development||Amount||Units||Status|
|YWCA Niagara Region, Oakdale Commons, St. Catharines||$4,116,000||15||Complete and occupied|
|Supportive Housing, Buchanan Avenue, Niagara Falls||$4,450,000||25||100% complete|
|Bridge Housing, Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls||$3,800,000||15||40% complete|
By the end of December 2021, 61 per cent progress had been made toward finishing all 75 actions in the updated Housing and Homelessness Action Plan. Two years remain (2022-23) to complete all activities.