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Transforming Our Thinking on the Portable Housing Benefit | SHARE


Transforming Our Thinking on the Portable Housing Benefit

Date: September 12, 2018

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST

Speakers: Sheldon Laidman, Director, Housing & Social Services Department, City of Kingston

Cost: FREE!

Celia and Brian

The portable housing benefit (PHB) is one of many tools introduced to housing administrators as an alternative to existing social housing programs to support meeting local housing needs.

In this webinar, Sheldon from the City of Kingston discussed the path that the City of Kingston has taken to pilot a PHB project with its local housing corporation (LHC). By piloting this program, the Service Manager and the LHC will be able to analyze the cost savings and potential benefits to the LHC as well as make a determination if households prefer to have the freedom and independence a PHB would allow and are able to find suitable housing in the city, prior to implementing the program system-wide.

This webinar covers:

  • how they got started- the rationale
  • developing assumptions, concept and approach
  • piloting the project with the LHC
  • criteria used for implementation
  • preliminary observations and outcomes
  • lessons learned


The Q&A document will be posted shortly.


Speaker bio:

Sheldon Laidman

Sheldon is currently the Director of the Housing and Social Services Department for the City of Kingston which oversees housing programs, homelessness programs, Ontario Works, and childrens’ services for both the City and County of Frontenac. Sheldon has worked in the municipal sector for 20 years mainly in the planning field prior to working for Kingston in other Ontario municipalities as well as in Vermont and Florida.”