Social Planning Council of Kingston

A not-for-profit organisation & registered charity


Get Involved in the Housing Displacement Project:

Seeking interview participants from December 2022 to March 2023:

More details:

Cities, towns and rural areas across Ontario are rapidly changing and many residents have been displaced from their homes and their communities. For many, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find and keep housing, especially since the COVID 19 pandemic. Many people are experiencing physical displacement: being forced to leave their homes due to eviction related to renovations and redevelopment, moving due to rising rent costs, or because of experiences of discrimination and/or harassment. Additionally, many people are experiencing other types of displacement at the same time: losing social networks, supports, services, and amenities like the grocery store, bank, or community centre.

The Social Planning Council of Kingston & District (SPCK&D) is looking for participants aged 18 or older, who reside in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington and have experienced displacement in the last 5-10 years, to share their experiences of displacement in KFL&A and the changes that they are experiencing in their neighbourhoods and cities.

By hearing and sharing anonymous stories, we hope to inform and strengthen local organizing and advocacy around housing, as well as policy at the provincial level.

The interview will last between 45 and 60 minutes via telephone, in person or over video call. With participants’ permission, it will be audio recorded and the stories will be transcribed and combined with other stories, analyzed and put into reports, seminars, conferences, presentations and journal and media articles. Participants’ stories will be anonymous and they may decline to answer any of the interview questions if they so wish. Further, participants may decide to withdraw from this study at any time.

This research project also involves the Social Planning Network of Ontario, Social Planning Council of Kingston & District, Social Planning Council of Oxford, Social Development Council of Cornwall & Area, Social Planning Council York Region and the University of Waterloo. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Board.

For all questions and to book the interview, please contact:

Dylyn Reid-Davies at

Summer 2022 Report Series

Check out our Recent Reports section to see what we've been up to!

Beyond Sleeping Cabins - Rights to Housing

A letter to the City of Kingston & the community from the Social Planning Council of Kingston & District

See our associated article in the Kingstonist

Open Letter on Cabins _FINAL.pdf

SPCK&D Community Newsletter Issue 2 - May 6, 2022

To better inform the community of recent social planning matters, the SPCK&D has launched a monthly newsletter with links to articles and upcoming SPCK&D events. Please find the most recent monthly newsletter provided below.

SPC - Newsletter (May 2022).pdf

For those who missed our April 21st, 2022 Webinar "Housing Alternatives for Seniors: Aging in Community", check out the following presentation slides!

Reforming Support for Elders and People with Disabilities as they Age presented by Peter Clutterbuck and Doug Cartan from Seniors For Social Action (SSAO)

SSAO Community Presentation.pdf
20CHAC001_PeriodicTableDoc_Final (2).pdf

Fostering Healthy Aging in Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities: A Mixed Methods Exploratory Study presented by representatives of OASIS

Oasis Research Summary CHIR 2021-2025.pdf

Please also find attached The Periodic Table of Housing Models for Aging Canadians report by SE Health & SE Futures Group.

Interested in learning more about Kingston's Third Sector Housing? Consider reading the following SPCK&D Report from October 2021

Profile of Kingston's Third Sector Housing.pdf
Profile of Kingston's Third Sector Housing - Housing Forum Presentation 2021 (1).pptx

For those who missed our June 1st, 2021 Webinar "Are Tiny Homes a Solution For Affordable Housing", check out the following presentation slides!

Tiny Homes For Affordable Housing presented by Patricia Streich

June 1, 2021 Tiny Homes Webinar June 1st_2021 Patricia Streich.pdf

Tiny Home Villages: A Solution to Homelessness? presented by Kevin Beauchamp

Homes for Heroes powerpoint (draft for presentation).pdf

The Poverty Challenge Kingston Newsletter

In 2021, the SPCK sponsored the Poverty Challenge. The Poverty Challenge is an experiential event to educate individuals on the challenges of living in urban poverty. Check out the Newsletter for the Challenge Toolkits, free online resources which will guide groups as they replicate two kinds of events.

"We hope other communities or agencies will look into this client-focused approach, and recognize the potential of wraparound programming to help individuals move forward in life, and address many of the challenges caused by their poverty." - The Poverty Challenge

TPC Newsletter.pdf