Whitehorse Daily Star

Major Housing Summit to begin tomorrow

The Yukon government will host the Housing Summit 2022 in collaboration with community housing partners on Oct. 4.

By Whitehorse Star on October 3, 2022

The Yukon government will host the Housing Summit 2022 in collaboration with community housing partners on Oct. 4.

This year’s gathering will focus on:

  • housing vulnerable individuals;

  • showcasing innovative housing solutions within the Yukon and Canada; and

  • advancing proposed actions in response to recommendations from the 2022 Office of the Auditor General report on housing in the Yukon.

The summit will bring together representatives from municipal, First Nations and territorial governments.

Private sector and non-governmental housing representatives will also be there to strengthen the territorial approach to housing vulnerable Yukoners. Key highlights of the summit include:

  • a panel discussion to enhance role clarity amongst housing partners;

  • breakout sessions to solicit feedback on proposed actions of the 2022 Office of the Auditor General report;

  • an overview of data collection and use to inform territory-wide housing priorities; and

  • opportunities to learn from successful supportive housing projects.

Results from the summit will be used to support a finalized action plan that will be implemented this fall.

Oct. 4 coincides with the Sisters in Spirit event that honours Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and their families in the Yukon and northern British Columbia.

Housing plays an important role in this conversation, the government said Monday. In recognition of this occasion, summit participants will have the chance to attend the Sisters in Spirit event as part of the day’s agenda.

“As committed, we are delivering on a follow-up Housing Summit to bring forward innovative ideas, partnerships and housing solutions that will help us create more safe and affordable homes for Yukoners,” said Ranj Pillai, the minister responsible for the Yukon Housing Corp.

“No government or organization alone can solve housing needs in the Yukon, and we must continue to work together to provide more homes for Yukon families.

“I am looking forward to conversations with our community housing partners and Yukoners on how we can better work together to develop concrete actions that will help us meet housing needs in the territory.”

The path to more safe and affordable homes for Yukon families, added Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee, “is through partnerships.

“This summit is an essential part of that work, and these relationships and conversations will lead us to innovative solutions.

‘Thank you to all of our community partners as we strive to increase places that are safe, affordable and comfortable to call home.”

The last Housing Summit was held Oct. 5-6, 2021. It included a range of housing suppliers, developers and service providers to discuss housing complexities and solutions in the territory.

The event usually provides a venue to discuss current challenges, different perspectives, and innovative approaches that respond to the current housing needs of Yukoners.

This year’s summit will inform a final action plan that addresses the nine recommendations of the 2022 Office of the Auditor General report.

It focused on emergency shelters, transitional housing, supportive housing and social housing.

This will be in addition to the work already achieved and underway through the Housing Action Plan for Yukon and the Safe at Home Plan to End and Prevent Homelessness.

Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms the day of the event are asked to stay home.

Comments (13)

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Some nerve! on Oct 5, 2022 at 5:03 pm

Absolutely Bingo on Oct 4, 2022 at 8:36 am:

The free lunch, and honorariums would be much better served to those who are homeless rather than wasted on those who serve to maintain the problem. Actually, why not put all the monies saved by not having this symposium into a lottery for a down payment on a home.

Stop spending “our” money on stupid shyt! Use a f$&@ing Zoom Meeting for f$&@ sake! Just like YG expects its employees who need counselling due to abusive employment practices are supposed to do with the bogus and misrepresented EAP benefits - The frigging rigamarole of the intake process is batshyt stupid-crazy!

You are to serve the people’s interests, not your own…

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Groucho d'North on Oct 5, 2022 at 1:31 pm

After reading the comments here a couple of times I was inspired to see how many reports from previous housing meetings and conferences have been spawned.
There is not a common index for these reports, each one must be Googled- if you know the name of it, like the Housing Action Plan for Yukon 2015-2025. NGOs also produce documents on their meetings about housing. Lots of chatter over the years and not much action. I was hoping to read a few to see if there really are innovative ideas or it is the same stuff just rejurgitated and presented different way. Comparative analysis is not easy to determine if the doocuments are not readily available. A published agenda for the conference would be helpful too I think.

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Yukoner on Oct 4, 2022 at 9:03 am

More along the lines of Ranj's election campaign continues. Government needs to call an election since the Premier has stepped down. Using your elected position as a campaign platform should not be allowed.

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Bingo on Oct 4, 2022 at 8:36 am

So a bunch of entitled people get together with free lunches and honorariums to talk about housing. Wouldn’t it be proactive to invite many of those without a house to speak at such an event for a boots on the ground perspective of what road blocks are to securing a home?

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Matthew on Oct 4, 2022 at 6:51 am

Honestly, we need to stop caring about low income so much, and focus on bringing in young talent to the city. Right now, they can't afford to move here! Which means ALL industries will suffer, more talent = more homes and services... simple really.

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Yukon Proud on Oct 3, 2022 at 10:53 pm

@Groucho Of course there are no tangible results. There needs to be a problem for there to be a solution.

The "Housing Crisis" is just the latest hashtag. If it is such a crisis, then please define it and please define how we will know when it is no longer a crisis. Notice how none of the politicians ever give a real definition of it, they always just give anecdotal stories that appeal to emotion. I know lots of young people who are buying houses, so there is my anecdote.

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Wilf Carter on Oct 3, 2022 at 10:03 pm

There are some very experienced housing people in Yukon but none got invited.

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Bill on Oct 3, 2022 at 9:57 pm

...and how much is the little "get together" costing the taxpayers? Knowing FN they don't participate unless they get paid. This is the liberal cum-by-ah approach to try and hide their failures and f--k-ups.

Look closely at who is involved and you can well imagine the drivel that will come out the other end. Best make sure to have your cheque book in hand - big bucks for zip return.

Oh one last thing. Even if you don't have covid, it might be wise to avoid this gathering completely.

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Self helper on Oct 3, 2022 at 6:53 pm

Goody gumdrops. Here come some more great ideas how the government can “help.” It will kick in after the government has “helped” us out of our ability to provide homes for ourselves, then “helped” itself to those homes.

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Yukoner on Oct 3, 2022 at 6:48 pm

"Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms the day of the event are asked to stay home." ya.. because anybody is still doing that.

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Juniper Jackson on Oct 3, 2022 at 5:52 pm

More government flim flam. They sure like meetings, hearings, committee's. Goodbye Silver.

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Dignity in housing please on Oct 3, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Let’s go one step further Groucho d'North on Oct 3, 2022 at 3:32 pm:

Publicly broadcast this Summits hearings. Then we can all see the damage being done by this stupidity of talk, talk, talk - Build houses on freehold titled land - Stop it with the condos and lease land schemes!

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Groucho d'North on Oct 3, 2022 at 3:32 pm

It would be nice to read a synopsis of this conference to better understand what was said, who said it and any resolutions that are agreed to among the participants. It's time for some results for all these seen-to-be-doing meetings where lots get discussed, yet tangible actions are not spoken of in real terms. I wish all the participants best wishes to find solutions all the previous meetings and conferences which did not find measureable results.

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