Social Housing Regeneration

Regeneration Project

Faced with aging social housing buildings and associated rising costs, the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville initiated the Regeneration Project to seek new ways to revitalize and to maintain the social housing portfolio.

What started in 2006 as a discussion focused on options to unlock the equity in the social housing portfolio to reinvest in the regeneration/revitalization of the buildings has evolved to embrace a broader strategic approach. It is recognized that equally important to transforming the physical asset is the revitalization of our communities.

Thus the strategy has broadened:

  • to embrace a people-centered social development philosophy to create a sense of home and place;
  • to provide affordable, energy efficient, and accessible housing that reflects the changing needs of our population and
  • to transform the physical asset from a liability into a financially sustainable asset.

The United Counties are studying options for regenerating social housing buildings, which are projected to cost $1 million per year to keep in good repair over the next 30 years. As federal funding for social housing comes to an end in the future we need strategic thinking today to address these challenges. All options will need to consider the potential impacts and benefits to our tenants, the community and the affordable housing supply. 

A Regeneration Ad Hoc Working Group comprised of elected representatives from the Joint Services Committee and senior staff has been established to consider options and implementation plans.

The strategic plan, Bringing New Life to Public Housing was completed in 2011. This plan is a corner stone document to the Regeneration project.

The first Regeneration Project was also completed in 2011 with the construction of two 2-bedroom barrier free units in the Town of Prescott.

Regeneration has the potential to help us maintain social housing more cost effectively well into the future. It may also offer opportunities to add to our property tax base and attract economic spin-offs that benefit our communities.

Resource Documents

The following reports are available for download:

Regeneration Report (pdf) - June, 2007

Building Condition Assessment Study (pdf) - July, 2004
- Executive Summary (a copy of the full report is available upon request

Tenant Principals (pdf)