Homelessness in Ottawa: Civic Leaders Summit
With over 7,530 people sleeping in shelters in 2017, and a growing wait list of over 10,000 people in need of affordable housing, it’s clear we need a renewed focus on poverty education and prevention in Ottawa.
The Civic Leaders Summit was held at the United Way Ottawa on October 4th, 2018. The Summit provided a forum for discussion on the opportunities, tools and resources available to civic leaders to impact homelessness and affordable housing outcomes in Ottawa.
Please find below links to speakers presentations.
The Alliance slide deck is also available.
Ward Profiles identifying neighbourhood housing, poverty and affordability data are also now available.
Session One: How Does Ottawa’s Housing & Homelessness System Work?
This panel of sector leaders discussed a variety of approaches to how we can work together to help get people out of shelters and into housing. Topics included: the role supportive housing; what we mean by non-profit and affordable housing, and how to get more built; the role of community partners; and the capacity of the sector to respond to city growth and change.
Deirdre Freiheit, President & CEO, Shepherds of Good Hope
Catharine Vandelinde, Executive Director, Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing
Ray Sullivan, Executive Director, Centretown Citizen’s Ottawa Corporation
Simone Thibault, Executive Director, Centretown Community Health Centre
Carl Nicholson, Executive Director, Catholic Centre for Immigrants
Moderator: Alice Kubicek, Executive Director, Daybreak Non-Profit Housing
Session Two: Building A Better City for All: City Council’s Role in Impacting Results
This session addressed issues such as the role of City Council in meeting local homelessness and housing priorities. It also discussed the tools and resources available to support more affordable housing development in Ottawa, along with the possibilities surrounding social procurement and community economic development.
Councillor Mark Taylor, Deputy Mayor & Special Liaison on Housing & Homelessness
Dennis Carr, Principal of DCarr Community Solutions
Doug Pawson, Director, Social Business & Social Finance, Causeway Work Centre
Moderator: Lisa Ker, Executive Director, Ottawa Salus Corporation
The Civic Leaders Summit is brought to you in partnership by The Deputy Mayor's Office, Special Liaison on Housing and Homelessness & The Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa