Attainable housing: There is no universal definition but for our purposes, it is defined as nonsubsidized, for-sale housing that is affordable to households with workforce incomes.
This three-part series will discuss policies that surround attainable housing production and shed light on the role of the public and private sector in delivering more units into the market to address challenges of affordability currently facing the city. These challenges have been particularly accentuated by COVID-19, which has highlighted the long-standing housing shortages for the city’s workforce. This webinar series will address practical concerns and review existing delivery models to determine how attainable housing production can be scaled up and produced both profitably and expeditiously.
Join us in a dynamic discussion of up and coming housing projects, successful business models, and the policy structures that surround them.
Series Moderator: Tess Kalinowski, Real Estate Reporter, Toronto Star
Registration for the series includes 3 webinars on December 1st, 8th, and 15th from 12-1:30pm. All sessions will be recorded and sent to registrants following the session.
Scaling Up: Local Attainable Models
Date: Tuesday, December 1
Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm
As one of Canada’s most populous cities with a range of incomes and employment, the lack of affordable market housing options in Toronto in particular, is a substantial issue. Attainable housing has been a topic of conversation across municipalities for many years and these conversations have amounted to what feels like limited progress. The COVID-19 pandemic has re-emphasized the long-standing housing shortages for frontline and service workers in our city.
With a focus on attainable housing solutions for median income earners, this webinar will address practical concerns and review existing business and delivery models that are working locally but need revisiting. Join us to hear about what is working, and what we need more of, as we discuss up and coming projects, business models, and the policy structures that surround them.
Craig Ruttan, Director, Policy, Toronto Region Board of Trade
Hadley Nelles, Director, New Commons Development
Alan Leela, Vice President, Tricon
Carol Jamieson, Principal, MCJ Development Consultants
Jeff Thomas, Group Head, Development, KingSett Capital
Importable Attainable Housing Models
Date: Tuesday, December 8
Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm
The challenges to delivering attainable housing at scale and expeditiously are not unique to Toronto. Many cities across North America and beyond struggle with the same obstacles and some have developed their own unique, homegrown strategies and solutions to what feels like an insurmountable task.
Join us as we explore emerging housing models from across the United States to learn more about how organizations are working within their markets to address the business case(s) for attainable housing and what can be adopted locally to realize similar success.
Christopher Ptomey, Executive Director, Terwilliger Center for Housing, ULI
Vicki Davis, Managing Partner, and co-founder, Urban Atlantic (Washington D.C)
Jake Chai, Chief of Staff, Common (New York)
John Arnold, Partner, KFA, LLP (Los Angeles)
Workforce Housing Public Policy Checkup
Date: Tuesday, December 15
Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm
Public policy and program delivery can help or hinder a city's capacity to deliver affordable and attainable housing. Middle class market housing affordability is a priority for all three levels of government – and it's time to check in on their success to date and discuss how to optimize and better align these priorities going forward.
Join us for a discussion with key government agency leaders from all levels to discuss how we can bridge the various divides, what we can do to improve, what models we can use, and how the private and public sector can truly collaborate to allow Toronto to be liveable for many.
Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, Councillor, Davenport, City of Toronto
, Director, Housing Secretariat, City of TorontoSteve Mennill
, Chief Climate Officer, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Darren Cooney, Director, Market Housing Policy Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Stakeholder Response Panel:
, Senior Director, Planning and Policy, Ontario Home Builders' AssociationMichelle German
, Vice President, Policy & Strategy, WoodGreen
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