OTTAWA, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Co-operative Housing Federation of
Canada (CHF Canada) and housing co-ops across the country welcome
the new affordable housing investments in the 2013 budget.
"Canada's housing co-ops warmly welcome the Harper government's
meaningful investments in affordable housing," says CHF Canada
Executive Director Nicholas Gazzard. "The decision to provide renewed
funding for the cost-shared Affordable Housing Framework and the
Homelessness Partnering Strategy fulfills two of our key recommendations to enhance housing affordability for Canadians as outlined in our media release on March 1."
Today's budget includes five-year renewals of both the Affordable
Housing Initiative ($1.25 billion) and the Homelessness Partnering
Strategy ($600 million) with a new focus on 'housing first' recognizing
that money spent on housing saves money on other social services such
as policing and health. The budget also includes $100 million over two
years for housing in Nunavut.
Gazzard also commended Ottawa for focusing on economic growth and job
creation, two goals that will assist the government in balancing its
books by 2015.
The next important step is for Canada's governments to work with CHF
Canada and other housing groups to protect the nearly 200,000 vulnerable households living in co-op, non-profit and public housing projects after hundreds
of federal operating agreements end.
"With 1.5 million Canadian households in core housing need, we look
forward to working together with the federal government, the provinces,
municipalities and other housing stakeholders to find solutions,"
CHF Canada is the national voice of the Canadian co-operative housing
movement. Its members include over 900 non-profit housing co-operatives
and other organizations across Canada. More than a quarter of a million
Canadians live in housing co-ops, in every province and territory.
SOURCE: Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada
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