RICHMOND HILL, ON, Feb. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - What does great rental housing
look like? The Regional Municipality of York is calling on
post-secondary students to answer that question by entering the Make
Rental Happen Challenge.
"Housing is a top priority for York Regional Council and addressing the
rental shortage before us requires collaboration from all levels of
government, the private-sector and larger community," said York Region
Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. "To foster innovation and build momentum
to increase housing options, the Make Rental Happen Challenge calls on
students to explore, rethink, question and experiment with new ideas
for rental housing."
The Human Services Planning Board of York Region is hosting the Make Rental Happen Post-Secondary Student Challenge between February 10 and April 18, 2014, inviting students from across
Ontario, Canada and the globe to submit bold, innovative and achievable
solutions to increase the supply of rental housing in York Region.
Visit www.york.ca/makerentalhappen for full challenge details.
Teams or individual students are invited to design and deliver ideas
that foster strong communities. Submissions may include any type or
scale of rental apartments - from a single house to a large-scale
complex. Participants should highlight the inclusion of human services
as part of a healthy community and identify legislative or program
amendments that may be needed to encourage more private-market rental
housing development in York Region.
"We're looking for innovative ideas that are financially feasible and
could entice real estate developers to pursue private-market rental
housing," said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor,
Co-Chair of the Human Services Planning Board of York Region. "Students
can show us through their designs why these alternatives would create
better homes for more people."
"Rental housing options are missing from York Region's housing mix,"
said Susan LaRosa, Co-Chair of the Human Services Planning Board of
York Region. "Having a healthy housing market with a full mix of
housing options is the core of economic competitiveness, social
well-being and community health."
York Regional Council recently approved a draft 10-Year Housing Plan, Housing Solutions: A place for everyone. This housing plan builds on the work the Region has already done and
proposes 60 actions to increase the rental housing supply, sustain the
existing rental housing supply, support affordable home ownership and
strengthen the homelessness and housing stability system.
Registration for the Make Rental Happen Student Challenge opens today
and submissions will be accepted until April 18, 2014. Submissions will
be judged by a panel of industry experts. Winners will receive one of
three prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000.
Join the #MakeRentalHappen conversation by visiting York Region on Facebook and Twitter.
The Regional Municipality of York provides services to 1.1 million
residents and 42,000 businesses that employ 533,000 people
SOURCE: Regional Municipality of York
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