Housing Policy Forum Series:
Portable Housing Benefits

 This event is part of our Housing Policy Forum Series. Read more about the other forums in this series.

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Invite you to join in a series of discussions on current housing policy issues

Please join us for the first discussion: Portable Housing Benefits 

Recently, more emphasis has been placed on portable housing benefits as a way to address a range of housing issues, from homelessness to public housing reform and shelter crowding. 

What are the opportunities this model presents? What risk and challenges can we predict based on past experiences with similar tools? What impact does this have on tenants? 

Hear from a panel of leaders on this issue and join in a discussion with housing stakeholders about how best to use this tool to maximize benefits and minimize negative impacts.


Introductions 3:00-3:10 

The Panel Discussion: 3:10-3:50

Mark Aston, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness

How can housing benefits be used to improve circumstances for people experiencing homelessness? What are the benefits of this model and how can they address key needs in the housing sector?

Emily Paradis/Sean Meagher, Social Planning Toronto

What were the results of experiments with models in other jurisdictions?  How did these initiatives affect different populations and how did they achieve the range of intended outcomes?

Mary-Anne Bedard, City of Toronto

What portable housing benefits are currently being contemplated by the City? Which beneficiaries and benefits do they support? What are the processes for refining those programs?

John Corso, T4SH (Tenants for Social Housing)

How do tenants view portable housing benefits? What advantages do they anticipate, what risks do they see and how do they imagine optimizing the former and mitigating the latter?

Q&A: 3:50-4:00

Roundtable Discussions: 4:00-4:45

Summaries and Feedback: 4:45-5:00

May 09, 2017 at 3:00pm - 5pm
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Tracy Heffernan Leonardo Zuniga Anjum Sultana Scott Leon Dawn Richardson Andrew Galley Meghan Macdonald Kevin McDonald John Argue Teresa Northcote Keisha St. Louis-McBurnie Simone Swail Gregory Suttor Bob Sleeper Brian Davis Magda Barrera Alison Kooistra Mark Smith Susan Gapka Mary Hynes Dina Graser Noah Zon Lynett Katsivo Jan Fordham Jo Connelly Janet Stevenson Helen Armstrong sandra marcok Carol Zoulalian Victor Willis Sharon Campbell

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