Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 4:15 PM

Housing is a Human Right

several hands cupped together holding a green paper outline of a house

Affordable, adequate and accessible housing is essential to the health of individuals, our communities and in preventing homelessness.

In November 2018, the City of St. John’s approved a 10-year Affordable Housing Strategy. The Strategy is built on the foundation that housing is a human right.

Everyone needs and deserves a safe, suitable home that is affordable to them.

Finding Potential Resources
One pillar of the strategy is ‘Unlocking Resources’; City staff continue to create a list of City-owned vacant land and buildings and evaluate it for potential
redevelopment as affordable housing.

Staff have identified several parcels of City-owned land to date that may be suitable for affordable housing. Note that some additional work may be required to determine if sites are appropriate.

You may see City staff completing this work on a parcel of land near you. This does not necessarily mean that there is a planned development on this site.

In Your Neighbourhood
If a City-owned parcel of land has been identified in your neighbourhood for redevelopment as affordable housing, you will be notified and engaged.

In particular we want to know:

  • What are your ideas for a potential affordable housing development?
  • What would you like to see incorporated into an affordable housing development?
  • What are your concerns about a potential affordable housing development in your neighbourhood?
  • How can the City address your concerns?
  • What do you know about the development process?

The City of St. John’s is committed to working together with other levels of government as well as community and private sector partners to take the actions required to produce, protect and promote housing solutions for the people of St. John’s.