Barrie can play a major role in enticing builders to consider the construction of more affordable rental units.
We as a city, need more autonomy so that we can plan, build, own, operate, and combine affordable housing, including units dedicated to hard-to-house individuals. The net result is a housing model which will increase the supply of market, affordable and special needs housing in good locations.
Mixed-market housing developments have several advantages over fully concentrated affordable public housing. Mixed market housing helps prevent pockets of poverty from developing and they promote more inclusive and supportive neighbourhoods, where people of diverse backgrounds and circumstances work together to build their community.