09/19/2000

Toronto, ON, September 19, 2000. The AMO President added her voice with other provincial municipal associations and FCM, calling on both governments to immediately allocate and flow financial resources necessary to help end the affordable housing crisis.

Ontario's municipalities are experiencing unprecedented numbers of homelessness and the number of people waiting for affordable housing continues to grow. An estimated 100,000 people are waiting for social housing units in the province, many of whom are families. The affordable housing problem is just not a Toronto problem.  It includes places like Sudbury, Guelph, Windsor, North Bay, Muskoka, and Owen Sound. 

"Municipalities are doing the best they can do to improve the housing situation," said Mulvale.

"Municipalities have done their homework, they have developed their action plans, and now all they need is for the province and the federal governments to share their budget surpluses and provide the money to get the job done."

AMO President, Ann Mulvale, is encouraging the federal and provincial government to allocate the needed portion of their financial dividend. This will go a long way to protecting the municipal property tax payer and help end the housing crisis. 

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 98 per cent of Ontario's population. The mandate of AMO is to promote, support and enhance strong and effective municipal government in Ontario.

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