Hamilton City Council’s Emergency and Community Services Committee held their meeting with a special 4pm start time to hear presentations from each of the priority neighbourhoods in the Neighbourhood Action Strategy and receive an assessment report from Dr. Jim Dunn of McMaster University.
Council’s Emergency and Community Services Committee’s July meeting was short – just under one hour – as Councillors focused on their business at hand: Skate parks, youth engagement, early years funding, and more.
Council’s EC&S Committee will look at changes to the “Municipal Housing Facilities By-law” to better reflect changes to CityHousing Hamilton financial sources and management and other legislative changes in the past decade – planning for more capital funding for CityHousing in 2017, continuing to operate the Snow Angel Program in-house, and more.
Council’s EC&S committee will discuss many important items during their July meeting including the future of Kiwanis Homes and restructuring their housing stock, an update on poverty and employment statistics in priority neighbourhoods, the Hamilton housing allowance program, and more.
A year ago, changes in federal funding priorities ended funding to local trusteeship program. Council gave stop-gap transitional funding. That funding is expired, but not before advocates asked the Council to backfill the federal funding. Council calls for increased federal funding for homelessness prevention.
A presentation from Dundas Living Centre on the Unshippable.ca campaign starts the meeting which will include discussion on affordable housing, the 2014 report on homelessness, and an update on the fiasco of the new provincial social assistance software. Live video starts at 1:30pm Monday. Full Agenda on the City website here:
Councillors will debate $757,950 in one-time municipal funding for programs which address and prevent homelessness. This will give Council an opportunity to call on the Provincial and Federal governments to better fund and create a strategy for helping municipalities to deal with poverty. Replay. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhEiN_aLjMg