Manitoba Housing Consultation Glossary

Acceptable housing
Housing that is adequate, suitable and affordable to households in housing need.

Action Plan
Three-year plan developed by Manitoba Housing in accordance with the mutually agreed targets and outcomes between Manitoba and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. 

Adequate housing
The physical unit is in safe condition and not in need of major repair.

Bilateral agreement
A legal agreement between Manitoba and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in which both parties are responsible for the mutually agreed targets and outcomes. 

Community capacity to meet local housing need
Having local entities that can develop and maintain housing.

Core housing need
A situation where households live in homes that are in major need of repair, do not have enough bedrooms for the size or the makeup of the household or cost 30 per cent or more of household income. 

Funding provided by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is cost matched by the Manitoba government. 

Environmentally sustainable housing
Housing that is energy efficient and has a low environmental impact.    

A social condition where people do not have permanent or temporary housing. This can be a result of not being able to afford a home or being unable to maintain it because of heath status or other barriers.

A generic term to include individuals, families or groups of unrelated people who live in the same home.

Housing affordability
Housing is affordable when costs to the household are less than 30% of the total before-tax household income. 

Liveable and inclusive communities
Housing that is affordable, inclusive and socially diverse, with essential services being within walking distance or easily accessible by transportation.

Suitable housing
Housing that is not over-crowded according to the National Occupancy Standard. This standard specifies the number of bedrooms required for a household based on age and gender.

Supportive Housing
Housing that provides a physical environment that is specifically designed to be safe, secure, and provides support services such as meals, housekeeping and social and recreational activities, in order to maximize residents’ independence, privacy and dignity.

Transitional Housing
Housing that is considered an intermediate step between emergency shelter and permanent housing. The length of tenancy is typically between three months and three years.

Vulnerable population groups
Vulnerable populations may include those experiencing homelessness, people with mental or physical disabilities, people with addictions, youth aging out of care, women fleeing violence, culturally-supportive housing, people leaving the justice system.