Resources

Service Manager Housing Network

OMSSA offers structured networking opportunities throughout the year for staff working in children services through its Service Manager Housing Network  which meets on a regular basis.

Homelessness Network

OMSSA offers structured networking opportunities throughout the year for staff working in children services through its Homelessness Network which meets on a regular basis.

On-line Forums

OMSSA’s on-line forums facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between the association’s members in both housing and homelessness.

Housing and Homelessness Resource Centre

OMSSA has assembled a collection of resources from across the province that capture the reaction and next steps by CMSMs and DSSABs in relation to the changes to the Community Start Up Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) and other issues from the 2012 provincial budget.  This section is for members only.

Housing policy and programs

Long-term Affordable Housing Strategy (LTAHS)

OMSSA members participated extensively in consultations for Ontario's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy. OMSSA's LTAHS Advisory Group worked with government to address the needed changes prior to the third reading of Bill 140.

Read OMSSA's Quick Connect on the LTAHS announcement, or Ontario's LTAHS document

OMSSA has hosted a series of forums to help service managers understand and plan for the new local requirements for under the Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy. Click on the forum for more information including presentations and resources that were shared at the forum.

Housing Services Act, 2011

In 2011 the Ontario government enacted the Housing Services Act, 2011. Also known as Bill 140, the Housing Services Act was the most significant change for housing in Ontario since the province downloaded social housing responsibilities to service managers.  OMSSA conducted an extensive analysis project of the new legislation. Supporting documents include:

Homelessness programs and policy

Housing and Homelessness Conference 2010 - Partnerships for People

The 2010 Housing and Homelessness Conference brought together housing service managers, shelter providers, representatives of community agencies and government to network and discuss how to ensure Ontario families are provided the best access to quality housing options. For information about the 2010 Conference, please click here.