Hamilton has been experiencing a slow-motion crisis in housing affordability. Do you support an expanded role for the City to provide more affordable housing? If so, what should Hamilton do? If not, why not?

Responses to the question: "Hamilton has been experiencing a slow-motion crisis in housing affordability. Do you support an expanded role for the City to provide more affordable housing? If so, what should Hamilton do? If not, why not? "

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CandidateBrief ResponseFull Response
Davis, Jim Yes I have spoke with a third party over the yrs to create 0 labour cost to maintain the houses that already exist in the housing program. This can also be used to build new houses on city owned properties. By building new homes we could set up a lottery program where people could purchase the homes with no down payment. As for private rentals, we could set up a program with set rates and if owners join this program we could offer concessions.
Eisenberger, Fred Yes Yes. I support increased affordable housing. I support inclusionary zoning. I believe in increased density and making it easier to add secondary units as well as laneway units.
Gomes, Carlos Yes Yes ofcourse, the simplest way to develop our city is to develop it ourselves instead of continuing to loaning money with no interest rate and no return mandate. The rich continue to take taxpayers money to develop their business empire, promising lower income housing solution than screwing over the city by selling them to their friends and not paying back the money that was loaned to them in the first place. That ends the moment I become mayor. The fact they didn't live up to their obligations the money should have been good the minute the build got sold. I just don't understand how our current government continues to allow this.
Graydon, Edward HC No As to your question to whether new housing developments should be designated to central Hamilton,I would be neglectful as mayor if I did not support any development that first minimizes rural development in favour of developments in central Hamilton. I am not in favour of hight restrictions on builders that would like to achieve higher building possibilities. I am in favour of waiving hight restrictions in favour of maximizing Available lands that might be used for such a development.Although I am in favour of lifting the height restrictions I doubt very much this action will help ease homelessness.I am not so sure there is much any mayor can do on this issue except blow hot air .I would be inclined to restrict the acceptance of refuges and those immigrates that cross the border illegally in favour of finding shelter and homes for those that where born and raised in Hamilton.I would be inclined to show favouritism to already established Hamiltonians over new comers.I would not be in favour of calling Hamilton a Sanctuary city for this reason alone.I do not support Hamilton as a dumping ground for those with severe mental illness and extensive criminal records. I would however support those that have a history in Hamilton over those that might not. Without sounding or seeming to cliche ,I want to look after those that where born here first that are looking to improve there lives .I cannot see any other alternatives to this issue and would question how much growth is enough? The answer is to go higher and sell to those with money over servicing the poor and homeless.What good will come to Hamilton if all we do is service the poor and homeless we have enough of those it is time to service the rich that might want to move here.Ship our homeless back to Toronto without spending money supporting them might be a good start?
Pattison, Michael Yes I support the City of Hamilton expanding its role regarding affordable housing. As a child, I was raised in a culturally and economically diverse neighbourhood. The opportunity that’s been missed, has been blending social/affordable/inclusionary housing within new developments that have occurred over the past few decades. With the cost of real estate climbing and personal ownership declining, outside of the box or unconventional thinking must now be voiced and explored.

My continuing thought is always ‘how does the city “invest” in affordable housing?’ Engaging and partnering with local Architects/Building Consortiums and Financial Institutions is the vision I see for our planning practices moving forward. Pride of ownership should be the realistic goal of advancing Hamilton’s housing problems while keeping all parties profitable/sustainable through realistic return on investment(s).
Schmid-Jones, Ute Yes Affordable housing is a major issue for a lot of families in a struggling economy. Conveniently, council absolutely has the power to require the inclusion of truly affordable housing in any new development. As the prospect of LRT inspires more developers to invest in Hamilton, it could represent a real opportunity to ensure that the affordable housing people need is a part of growing our city. The struggle seems likelier to be convincing council to make including that housing a priority, rather than having the power to make it happen. We may also need to consider looking at co-housing and other nontraditional housing options to accommodate an aging populace, like a recent program that pairs McMaster students with roommates who are seniors.
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Tavares, Ricky N/A How much are you going to pay me ? $100 and I will communicate with you at your basic level. Otherwise you are useless to me and Hamilton.
Wozny, Mark Yes In order to attract more young people to the City, we should ensure more affordable housing such as geared-to- income develpoment, revisions to our Bank of Canada to re-instate its mandate to pre 1974 and help in creating /contributing to co-operative housing/co-operative work/design/office space by engaging community based bond raising, akin to Tapestry and other similar organizations.
Yan, Nathalie Xian Yi Yes Housing is a basic human right to survive and live with dignity in Canada. Hamilton is claimed the best city to raise children for two decades. it’s a shame for politicians and policy makers to promote dysfunctional policy’s that increase homelessness and raise the poverty line. sustainable housing should be the priority for the city in the next election as a fundamental goal

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