An architect and an urban designer, Naama is a board member of Kehilla - an Affordable Housing Programme that provides rental assistance. She is a part of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Housing Affordability Task Group, whose objective is to explore key design and regulatory opportunities to address issues of housing affordability in Ontario and beyond. In particular, the group is concerned with building types and changes to the built form that result in responsible and cost-effective urban intensification, construction methods and their impact on construction costs, and regulatory issues (zoning and building codes) that impact affordability.
Toronto has been ranked one of the least affordable cities in the world for housing. In the past 10 years, a growing population and low interest rates have caused a real estate boom in Toronto that has pushed housing prices beyond the grasp of the average income earner.
Reversing course on housing affordability will require action from many parties: government, real estate developers, banks, planners and more.
This panel will discuss what can and should be done to make Toronto a permanent home for more people. It will examine factors like housing supply, rent control, zoning, speculation as well as alternative forms of ownership.