The housing affordability crisis requires coordinated, evidence-based solutions across all levels of government. We bring together researchers, students, community members and policymakers to examine and debate the causes and consequences of declining housing affordability and the processes and policies needed to bring about necessary change.
Affordable Missing Middle
The School of Cities partners with City Building TMU on the Affordable Missing Middle initiative, which explores and advances ways to add gentle density to our residential neighbourhoods to achieve affordability and equity.
The initiative has recently published a report on their 4-part webinar series ‘How to Put Affordable in the Missing Middle’ – read the report and the audience Q&As.
Affordable Housing Challenge Project
School of Cities also supports the Affordable Housing Challenge Project (AHCP), a collective that brings together scholars from across the University of Toronto, who are researching issues related to housing affordability from different disciplinary perspectives, with the objective of working together to research, discuss and debate the causes, processes, policies and consequences of declining housing affordability.
News, Media & Research
These two videos examine and define existing affordable housing, and look at some of the ways that cities in North America are framing policies and facing challenges to preserve it.
Unlike most neighbourhoods of its type in Detroit, the McDougall-Hunt area of the city’s near east side attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. Home to the now-famous-but-once-reviled Heidelberg… Read more
Visualizing 10+ years of building permit data to track the uptake of secondary suites and laneway housing in the City of Toronto. Updated January 2024.
By Kofi Hope
Maps of Canadian cities showing how more than 50% of the land zoned for residential development in most cities only allows for single detached homes.
By Susannah Bunce and Alan Walks
By Matti Siemiatycki