Meeting with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Community Living Ontario’s Director of Policy, Gord Kyle and CEO, Chris Beesley, met with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, on Monday, November 4, 2019.
The focus was on housing for people who have an intellectual disability. The minister had a good grasp of our sector overall and shared some common frustrations in relation to housing. They were pleased to hear that the ministry understood this is a cross-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional issue.
Chris and Gord reinforced the importance of having a range of housing options. They added that avoiding disability ghettos was crucial to living a life with dignity. Despite the convenience that may appear to come with segregated living, the emphasis should be on people and their needs. Chris explained, “it must be about protecting the person’s safety, character and value”.
Everyone agreed that the housing issue goes beyond the developmental disability sector and impacts communities on a much broader scale. It cannot be tackled in isolation. Municipal, provincial and federal collaboration is required to tackle the housing crisis.
Going forward Community Living Ontario will continue to connect with partners on a variety of levels to ensure a more a more coordinated and collaborative approach to advocacy related to the housing crisis.