Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing

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The City of St. John’s believes affordable housing is a foundation for a safe, prosperous and healthy community.
To be affordable, housing must cost less than 30% of pre-tax household income including housing and related costs. For renters, shelter costs include rent and utilities. For owners, shelter costs include mortgage payments, property taxes, condominium fees and utilities.

The City has a long history of leadership in this field, including the creation and management of affordable housing for over 400 households since 1982.  In the past decade, the cost of rental and home ownership have risen very sharply and there is much work to be done. Our City can't make advancements in housing alone.  We must develop partnerships - governments, social organizations, builders – we all have a role to play. The City’s best role is to help to identify and create opportunities – not build homes.

The City’s first Affordable Housing Business Plan (AHBP), Creating Opportunities, Housing Our Community, was approved by Council in 2014 and runs until September 2017. The Plan is based on the City’s core belief that housing is a human right and that everyone needs and deserves a home that is affordable to them. The AHBP looks at solutions across the housing continuum with a particular focus on creating housing that is affordable to households in a growing affordability gap: those with incomes too high for a housing subsidy but too low to afford market rental or ownership options.

For more information on the City’s affordable housing work; explore the FAQ’s on this site, review the housing related publications and/or contact the City’s Affordable Housing Development Facilitator at (709) 570-2096. You can also sign up for our Affordable Housing Newsletter to stay informed of our initiatives and events.

To continue this commitment to affordable housing - a new 10-year Affordable Housing Plan is now being developed for the City of St. John’s.                           

You can have your say by emailing comments to . You are also welcome to attend an upcoming consultation meeting on the City’s new plan, tentatively planned for June 2017, to be announced. The invitation will be distributed via the Newsletter above and will be advertised.

For more information on the City’s housing work, contact the Affordable Housing Coordinator at (709) 570-2096.