WHY DO WE NEED TO PROTECT AND EXPAND COMMUNITY HOUSING?
There are approximately 600,000 subsidized homes in Canada, housing over a million people.
By not protecting and expanding community housing, we run the risk of increasing homelessness and leaving hundreds of thousands of people in Canada without access to proper housing that they can afford.
WHAT CAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DO?
The National Housing Strategy, established in 2017, was a welcome step toward needed reinvestment in community housing. Three opportunities for further improvement include:
Develop and implement an urban, rural and northern Indigenous Housing Strategy to raise housing standards for Indigenous peoples to that of the non-Indigenous population.
Preserve the existing stock of social and non-profit housing by making federal rent subsidies permanent, invest in rehabilitation of the existing stock, and increasing federal investment in social supports.
Increase the supply of social and non-profit housing through greater access to capital for new construction, and expand the Federal Lands Initiative.
THE NEXT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO ENSURE ‘A HOME FOR EVERYONE’
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