Kristyn Wong-Tam has been a tenacious and steadfast advocate for affordable housing in Toronto. In her first term of Council, she secured 45 new units of affordable housing in partnership with Artscape, Habitat for Humanity and Na-Me-Res. She secured high-quality furniture for low-income residents, working with the developer of the Sutton Place Hotel and other hotel owners and has redirected millions of new funds back into Toronto Community Housing buildings in benefit for thousands of residents for security and urgent repairs.
George Street Revitalization, one of Kristyn's lead initiatives.
In 2017, Kristyn worked with the community to successfully have the province create a new affordable housing strategy for the Grenville-Grosvenor lands downtown. Infrastructure Ontario is now committed to a minimum of 30% new affordable rental housing units in the redevelopment of the property.
Kristyn speaking on a Urban Land Institute Panel about the necessity for more affordable housing stock and mixed-use community development.
Affordability goes beyond housing. Kristyn has been a vocal advocate of time-based transfers on the TTC to support families doing errands and dropping off children on a budget, maintaining important summer programming through the Parks Department for low-income households, and created Toronto’s Open Streets Program that opens up Yonge Street and Bloor Street with free recreation programming every summer.
As your City Councillor, Kristyn will:
- Invest development funds back into community housing to improve the affordable, family-friendly housing rental stock and rental conditions
- Put deeply affordable housing forward as the first priority in the sale or development of any government lands to lead by example and focus on long-term benefits, instead of quick cash opportunities
- Leverage planning tools to regularize mixed-income housing and ensure that affordable housing is built in a way that promotes socio-economically diverse neighbourhoods