National Housing Policy
Supporting A National Housing Policy
National Week of Action on Housing — November 22-29. Thousands of Canadians in over 400 organizations will stand up for housing as a Human Right. The many people working to solve our problem of homelessness need support and concrete policy from municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. The most vulnerable in our society (Aboriginal people, women, people with disabilities, youth, racialized community members, seniors, youth, newcomers and others) are affected. Over 200,000 are homeless and another million are inadequately housed.
1)The Federal Government must protect existing housing stock by renewing $1.7 billion in rent subsidies or 600,000 more people will have to move or lose their home because of rent increases.
2) In the next Federal budget social housing construction and services for people with special needs must be made permanent, providing flexible funding for local and regional tailored solutions. This includes money for new construction and services.
3) It is time to establish a Canadian Housing Strategy for all of Canada, convened by the Federal Government, and developed in consultation with all provinces, aboriginal groups, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups. This strategy must be designed to respect, promote and fulfill the right to safe, adequate and affordable housing.
Take Action: Plan a letter campaign in your church or community. Hold a public education event. Collect signatures on this petition and present it directly to your city councillor, MPP or MP.
2013 11 20 CUSJ Letter to Prime Minister Harper asking for housing as a Human Right and that the Federal Government play a coordinating and funding role to get there.
2013 07 17 CUSJ letter calls Provincial Housing Ministers and Federal Minister Diane Finley to make funding affordable housing a priority at Provincial Ministers’ meeting.
Bill C-400 defeated 2013 02 27 by a vote of 153-129. Conservatives continue to cut Social Housing programs. Link to information sheet with various points of view and studies. New budget does renew some money for housing.
Action to support Bill C-400 - A National Housing Policy – vote to take place February 27, 2013 (see actual text of bill)
CUSJ works with partners: Dignity for All, (great list of resources) Citizens For Public Justice, The Wellesley Institute, Canada Without Poverty, and the Canadian Unitarian Council to get Bill C-400 passed. Watch here for Action events you can support. We expect a vote in February. This is the time for quick action. If the vote is delayed, as some hope it will be, we will have time to organize MP visits.
Petitions to sign Present 25 signatures or more to your MP to read in the house.
All the issues Unitarians care about -health, education, dignity and worth of people, environment, community involvement - are affected by the inability of people to access safe affordable supportive housing. The United Nations has told us that housing is a human right and that Canada has a housing crisis. We need to pull together municipally, provincially, and federally, driven by a National Housing Policy if we want to meet this need in our society.
The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development presented a comprehensive report to the 40th parliament in November 2010 that gives us a roadmap for the development of a National Housing Policy. The Report is called: Federal Poverty Reduction Plan: Working in Partnerships Towards Reducing Poverty In Canada. For the full report
CUSJ Letter to Prime Minister Harper 2012 11 16 — Support Bill C-400 for a National Housing Policy
CMHC Report Highlighting the State of Canada’s Housing (Most recent data 2010)
The annual Housing Observer report examines the state of Canada’s housing from a variety of perspectives, combining national coverage with provincial/territorial and metropolitan detail. The report discusses influences on housing demand, current market developments, housing finance, housing affordability, and other topics. Affordable rental housing for low income people continues in low supply.
What can We Do? Letter Writing Campaign
Background Information /Readings
If you want to know more about poverty and housing issues in Canada, the following are links to a series of excellent reports from different vantage points.
1. Federal Poverty Reduction Plan: Working in Partnerships Towards Reducing Poverty In Canada.
Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons With Disabilities. Candice Hoeppner, MP and Chair. November 2010, presented to the 40th parliament, 3rd session.
CHAPTER 1: POVERTY IN CANADA
1.6 Poverty, Housing and Homelessness
CHAPTER 4: ASSISTING CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
e. Other Initiatives
4.4 Poverty among Aboriginal People
CHAPTER 5: HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS INITIATIVES
5.1 A Place to Call Home
5.2 Federal Housing Programs
a. Homelessness Partnering Strategy
b. Affordable Housing Initiative
c. Affordable Housing Sector
d. Homeowner Residential Rehabilitation and Assistance Program
e. Recent Funding Announcements
2. Canadian Policy Research Network: Housing is Good Social Policy
3. A National Housing Policy inclusive of Women. The National Working Group on Women and Housing in Canada (NWG)
4. Housing Again: Toward a National Housing Strategy for Canada: FCM Working Paper (2000)
5. Canada needs a national housing strategy that engages key partners.
6. Justnews V14#2 Housing Policy