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Hamilton Housing Summit

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The rental and ownership housing market has experienced tremendous change over the last decade; rising housing costs have created serious challenges for individuals and families, whether they rent or own their own homes. The City of Hamilton is committed to being the best place to raise a child and age successfully and is committed to finding innovative and creative ways to address affordable housing.

On February 27, Hamilton City Council approved a motion related to a “Hamilton Housing Summit”. This half-day summit is dedicated to raising awareness, engaging community partners and subject matter experts to participate in the conversation to proactively address these matters.

The Housing Summit is being held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. This event is open to the general public, and will be available for remote viewing via livestream.

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About the Summit

The summit will include a keynote speaker and expert panel discussion followed by comments from housing sector representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on the current challenges to ensuring affordable housing in Hamilton. Delegation requests can be sent to [email protected]

What do we want to accomplish with the Summit?

  • Raise awareness about the challenges facing those in need of affordable housing in Hamilton, especially the impact of rapidly increasing average market rents and increasing financial barriers to entering the housing market.
  • That citizens, MPs, MPPs, and key stakeholders recognize that more needs to be done to develop and support the development of affordable housing in Hamilton.
  • Highlight Hamilton’s affordable housing issues, particularly the unique challenges faced by our proximity to Toronto, rising construction costs compared to the rest of the GTHA, gentrification, aging housing infrastructure, the challenges of servicing a broad and aging population, and a high population of those with complex needs and high acuity due to mental health challenges and addiction.
  •  Provide opportunities for subject matter experts, community members, and those with lived experience to highlight opportunities for upper levels of government to support the affordable housing crisis in Hamilton

Event Details

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Hamilton City Hall, Council Chambers
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

On the day of the event, we would like to encourage the use of HSR public transportation or find a municipal car park near City Hall.


8:30 am - Opening Remarks - Mayor Fred Eisenberger

  • MC – Larry Huibers, Executive Director, Housing Help Centre – Hamilton & Area

8:40 am - Keynote speakers: 

  • Steven Pomeroy, Focus Consulting Inc. and Senior Research Fellow for the Centre for Urban Research and Education, Carleton University.
  • Jim Dunn- Director of McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments

9:45 am - Panel discussion: The unique housing challenges in Hamilton

  • Panel Moderator – Dwayne Cline (Lead Pastor, Hughson St. Baptist Church)
  • Katherine Kalinowski (Chief Operating Officer, Good Shepherd Centres, Hamilton)
  • Victoria Bomberry (Indigenous Social Planner, Social Planning and Research Council, Hamilton)
  • Tom Hunter (CEO, CityHousing Hamilton)

10:45 am - Session Break
11:00 am - Public Delegations
12:30 pm - Event ends

Please RSVP to [email protected] if you wish to speak at the event (indicate housing sector or public delegation) list by 12 noon on May 10, 2019. Speakers are provided with a maximum 5-minute timeslot. Due to time restrictions, delegations will be limited.

Larry Huibers

Executive Director Housing Help Centre – Hamilton & Area

Larry Huibers is a community builder, facilitator, strategic thinker and team builder. Larry is the Executive Director of the Housing Help Centre – Hamilton & Area and Trustee of the Niagara Catholic District School Board. Larry has over 25 years of progressive leadership and management experience. Larry has a history of getting involved in addressing community issues and concerns. He possesses a clear understanding of the challenges between the governing bodies that are responsible for initiating directives and the challenges service providers face in trying to carry out new directives. Larry is aware of the significant challenges facing non-profit housing organizations in today’s environment and understands the skills required to manage a variety of multi-sector initiatives.

Jim Dunn

Director of McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments

James R. Dunn, Ph.D. (Jim) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University and a Scientist at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He holds the Senator William McMaster Chair in Urban Health Equity at McMaster University and is the Director of the McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments. He is the recipient of numerous awards and appointments, including the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies at Harvard University (2011-2012). Trained in urban health geography and social epidemiology, he has published widely in geography, public health, urban planning and epidemiology and has worked closely with governments at all levels to address issues related to income security, housing, mobility and health. . His research program includes projects on the health, social and child development impacts of public housing redevelopment in Toronto’s Regent Park, the development of policy implementation tools for healthier urban form, and the effects of subsidized housing on mental health and well-being. From 2017-2018, he was co-Principal Investigator of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot, a bold study of the effects of a guaranteed annual income  on a variety of health, work and social outcomes, involving 6,000 participants in 3 communities in Ontario, including Hamilton.

Steve Pomeroy

Principal, Focus Consulting Inc and Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Research Education (CURE), Carleton University

Widely recognized as one of the leading housing policy experts and thought leaders in Canada, Steve is an Ottawa based research consultant. He advises a number of national associations, municipalities and provinces on policy matters and development of comprehensive housing strategies, and assisted CMHC in the development of Canada’s National Housing strategy  

Steve has over 30 years of experience in the non-profit sector, local government and with CMHC before establishing Focus Consulting Inc. in 1994. Since then has completed over 180 research reports covering all aspects of housing as well as urban issues.

Since 2013 he has been a senior research fellow at Carleton University Centre for Urban Research and Education, where he teaches a course in housing policy and mentors students as future housing researchers.

In 2013, Steve was recognized for his work in housing research with the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal and in 2014 received the CHRA Leadership Award.

Dwayne Cline

Lead Pastor of Hughson St. Baptist Church

Dwayne Cline has been the Lead Pastor of Hughson St. Baptist Church, located in the North End of Hamilton, since 1995. The church is unique in that the average age of the 300 congregants is in their late 20’s. Hughson St. ministers to an additional 500 neighbourhood families a week through a variety of programs. Under his leadership, the church has been able to establish a daughter work in the Riverdale neighbourhood of the city. He has volunteered on several boards in the North End including the school council, neighbourhood association, local paper and North Hamilton Community Health Centre. Dwayne is passionate about creating balanced and sustainable neighbourhoods and their church is currently building a new facility that will include 45 one and two bedroom units for those requiring affordability and support. He is married to Aimee. They live in the North End where they are raising their four children. Together they own a storefront on James St. Dwayne speaks in a variety of venues across Canada and holds a Master’s degree from Tyndale Seminary.

Katherine Kalinowski

Chief Operating Office, Good Shepherd Hamilton

In this capacity, she is responsible for a broad range of services including emergency shelters for women, youth, families and men; Housing First and shelter diversion programs; a mental health crisis centre; a hospice; and a portfolio of 500+ units of affordable and supportive housing.  Katherine is a Chair and a founding member of the Women’s Housing Planning Collaborative. She has been recognized in her community for her commitment to ending homelessness, receiving a YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 2013 and being inducted into the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction in 2014.

Victoria Bomberry

Indigenous Social Planner, Social Planning and Research Council, Hamilton

Victoria Bomberry is Kanyen’kehá:ka from Six Nations of the Grand River.  As an Aboriginal Social Planner with the Housing & Homelessness team of the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton, Victoria leverages her traditional Haudenosaunee knowledge, community connections and educational background to support the SPRC vision of improving the quality of life for all citizens of Hamilton.  Victoria’s work focuses on facilitating the design and implementation of Hamilton’s Coordinated Access system of care in a manner that acknowledges and respects the unique needs of the Aboriginal community of Hamilton.

Tom Hunter

CEO, CityHousing Hamilton

As CEO of CityHousing Hamilton, Tom leads the strategic renewal and redevelopment of CityHousing Hamilton’s portfolio, the first phase of which includes four new builds and one high-rise retrofit, all to the Passive House standard, along with two neighbourhood revitalization projects with development firms. An experienced senior leader from the healthcare sector, he has deep experience in fostering high performance culture, guiding organizational transformation, and is known for his work in the field of mental health. Tom’s integrated approach to understanding what impacts health outcomes has shaped his determination to create high-performance buildings that meet the needs of individuals while benefiting the local community and contribute to a socially sustainable city. He champions the City’s vision to be: “the best place to raise a child and age successfully,” bringing a human-centred approach to housing.

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