Homelessness to Housing Stability
2013 Data Summary Report Regional housing stability indicators: 2008-2013
This Data Report replaces the previous years’ Homelessness and Housing Umbrella Group (HHUG) HHUG report card, and covers similar topics such as emergency shelter use, income, rental housing affordability and availability, and supportive housing availability.
For more information on housing stability: All Roads Lead to Home: A Homelessness to Housing Stability Strategy for Waterloo Region and other background reports are available on the Region of Waterloo Social Services website: socialservices.regionofwaterloo.ca
The Homelessness to Housing Stability 2013 Data Summary Report1 captures key indicators around homelessness and housing in Waterloo Region, in an effort to demonstrate the possible economic and structural barriers to housing stability for people at risk or experiencing homelessness in our community. Given the significant increase in rates of homelessness in the last six years, this report compares 2008 (the year the recession began in Canada), 2012 (the most recent full year of data and a point where the effects of the recession are beginning to be quite evident in homelessness and housing trends) and 2013 (the most recent full year of data) as a way to illustrate the realities of the current economic climate and how it has affected housing and homelessness in Waterloo Region. The chart below assesses some of the factors that may influence the ability of people living in Waterloo Region to find or maintain housing, including vacancy rates and income levels. This assessment is underscored by the understanding that in order to maintain housing stability, three elements must be present:
Housing - Housing must provide security of tenure and be desirable, affordable, safe, adequately maintained, accessible, and a suitable size. The more “at home” someone feels both in their community and in their housing, the more likely it is the person will stay housed and avoid re-entering the cycle of homelessness.
Income - People must have enough income to sustain minimum standards for rent, utilities, food, health, clothing, education, transportation, and recreation.
Support - People must have the opportunity to access additional support, as needed, to help them live as independently as desired and to connect to others in meaningful ways.
Homelessness & Housing Umbrella Group: www.hhug.ca Homeless Hub: www.homelesshub.ca
These key resources, when reinforced by community inclusion and a sense of home, ensure that people have what they need to retain housing over the long term. This report evaluates some barriers to adequate housing, income and support in Waterloo Region, in the context of a community continuing to experience the negative effects of a national recession.
Should you have any questions about this report or to request the document in alternative formats (e.g., large text), please contact: Regional Municipality of Waterloo Social Services 99 Regina Street South, 5th Floor, Waterloo, ON N2J 4G6 Tel.: (519) 883-2117 Fax: (519) 883-2234 TTY: (519) 575-4608
Homelessness and Housing Data Summary: 2008, 2012 and 2013 2008
% Change 2012-2013
738 65 105 30 596 1423 0
912 214 420 45 795 1614 11
936 186 357 52 768 1711 13
+3% -13% -15% +15% -3% +6% +18%
$561 $712 $845 $978
$644 $773 $908 $1,053