The National Housing Collaborative – an alliance of nonprofit and private housing associations and major foundations – is calling for bold steps now to address housing affordability in Canada.
The NHC has welcomed the commitment of the federal government to develop a National Housing Strategy. We have proposed four major pillars for government action to support the strategy and improve affordability for Canadians in housing need:
- Adopt a national goal to end homelessness within 10 years – and launch a pan-Canadian initiative to make it happen.
- Develop a national housing benefit that provides direct financial assistance to renters, moving households out of poverty and providing them with more choice and autonomy.
- Maintain and increase the supply of rental housing that is affordable across the country through innovative financing and equity tools.
- Provide leadership and resources to strengthen and renew our existing social housing to ensure it remains physically sound and financially viable.
The National Housing Strategy is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure every Canadian has a suitable, adequate and affordable place to call home.
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Housing Action in Budget 2017
The federal government has committed to the creation of a National Housing Strategy in spring 2017 based on the vision that “housing is the cornerstone of building sustainable inclusive communities and a strong Canadian economy where we can prosper and thrive.”
The National Housing Collaborative – an alliance of nonprofit and private housing associations and major foundations – is keenly awaiting Budget 2017 as a down-payment on the government’s commitment to realizing its bold vision for housing.
– The National Housing Collaborative
You can help: Tell your MP it’s time for action on housing!
Urge the federal government to act now on a National Housing Strategy and make housing a priority in the upcoming Budget 2017.