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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT BPW Ontario urges the Government of Ontario to immediately provide new funding for developing additional permanent subsidized housing units and “second stage” subsidized housing units for abused women (i.e. medium-term housing with supportive counseling and advocacy services) sufficient to meet the current and forecasted needs for subsidized housing in each community in Ontario.
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT BPW ONTARIO urges the Government of Ontario to ensure that an adequate number of the subsidized housing units for abused women be equipped to accommodate applicants, and/or their children, with disabilities.
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT BPW ONTARIO urges the Government of Ontario to consult with municipalities of Ontario to devise changes in laws or policies that could facilitate the development of additional subsidized housing units -- e.g. taxation deductions, funding incentives, etc.
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT BPW ONTARIO urges the Government of Ontario (Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing) to consult immediately with representatives of subsidized housing applicants/occupants, subsidized housing providers, coordinated housing access centers, community service counseling agencies and other professionals with appropriate knowledge of domestic violence issues, to determine whether the “90 days from separation” eligibility requirement for the Special Priority Housing Category (“abuse priority category”) should be amended or abolished. Such consultations should give regard to, among other things, the most current data on the time period of the risk of violence following the date of separation from an abuser, as well as the existing and forecast supply of subsidized housing units. This issue should be reviewed periodically to ensure that at all times it accurately reflects the current data and circumstances.
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT BPW ONTARIO urges the Government of Ontario (Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing) to require Service Managers to ensure that all housing providers and coordinated housing access centers maintain a transparent complaint process for subsidized housing applicants, and provide to all applicants at the time of initial contact a written copy of the complaint process, similar to the letter describing the right of appeal that is currently provided to applicants by Housing Access Centre (Durham Region).
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT BPW ONTARIO urges the Government of Ontario (Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing) to conduct or ensure that the Service Managers under the Social Housing Reform Act and regulations (also know as Bill 128) conduct periodic and/or random operational audits of providers of subsidized housing and coordinated access centers in Ontario with a view to ensuring that they are administering the abuse priority criteria in accordance with the legal requirements.
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT BPW ONTARIO urges the Government of Ontario (Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing) to create a committee or forum for representatives of subsidized housing applicant/occupants, Service Managers, housing providers and coordinated housing access centers to discuss issues relating to the provision of subsidized housing across Ontario. The Government of Ontario should use the information obtained through such discussions for the purpose of considering amendments to the Social Housing Reform Act and regulations on an ongoing basis. Such changes of law and policy must be communicated promptly and clearly to all organization who are involved in these services.
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT BPW ONTARIO urges that in addition to the education and training currently provided to case workers and counselors by coordinated housing access centers such as Housing Access Centres (Durham Region), and “third party” organizations (e.g. Victim Witness Assistance Program) the Government of Ontario immediately, and on an ongoing basis, ensure that all case workers and counselors know and understand the criteria which must be verified for an individual to qualify for the abuse priority category for subsidized housing for abused women.
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