Homeless people sleep on a street in Montreal on Aug.14, 2016. (Photo: Graham Hughes/CP)The CHRA says in the submission being made public Tuesday that particular attention needs to be paid to Canada's North where housing and the cost to repair existing units is more expensive than in the rest of the country.
Rental subsidies for veterans, LGBTQ CanadiansThe group is also calling on the government to provide rental subsidies and funding for transitional homes for victims of domestic violence, veterans and LGBTQ Canadians. "The fact is that there are a lot of Canadians for whom house prices simply don't mean anything because that's just completely out of reach," says association executive director Jeff Morrison. "We need to focus as part of the strategy on those Canadians for whom the non-profit, the affordable housing sector, the social housing sector, is really their only option." The Liberals have made the housing strategy a cornerstone policy of their term that would create the backbone of its efforts to reduce poverty and bring down the cost of home ownership and rental units across the country. The national housing strategy is expected to be released by early 2017 at the latest.
"You are never going to lift people out of poverty, you're never going to create jobs, you're never going to create educational and health opportunities unless safe affordable housing is provided for all Canadians."The federal government is also facing pressure to allocate billions of promised social infrastructure spending in the coming years on alleviating a social housing crunch in the country. Canada's big city mayors have asked the Liberals to set aside $12.6 billion in the coming decade to help build thousands of affordable housing units nationwide. Morrison said the spending on housing could help the Liberals meet their economic objectives of growing the economy and creating more jobs. "You are never going to lift people out of poverty, you're never going to create jobs, you're never going to create educational and health opportunities unless safe affordable housing is provided for all Canadians," Morrison said. Next week, Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is scheduled to attend a United Nations housing and urban development summit where the Canadian program will be scrutinized.
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