OTTAWA, March 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Co-operative Housing Federation of
Canada (CHF Canada) and its 900 member housing co-operatives across the
country today offered federal, provincial and territorial governments a
cost-effective solution to reduce housing need and homelessness.
On the heels of a Parliamentary debate on national housing policy,
Canada's housing co-ops have proposed specific measures to enhance
housing affordability for Canadians.
"If adopted, our recommendations will provide positive permanent
benefits for the Canadians who are counting on governments to protect
housing affordability," says CHF Canada's Executive Director Nicholas
CHF Canada has called for a national dialogue on housing policy issues
through which governments and housing stakeholders can work together to
help improve the lives of 1.5 million Canadian households in housing
need, including seniors, new Canadians and persons with mental and
Here are CHF Canada's recommendations:
A long-term cost-shared plan for rent supplement programs delivered by
provinces and territories (and by municipalities in Ontario). This will maintain affordability for the nearly 200,000 vulnerable
Canadian households living in co-op, non-profit and public housing
projects, whose assistance will be cut soon when federal operating
agreements with these housing providers ends.
Federal housing spending on a rent-geared-to-income (RGI) subsidies to
be maintained at present (2013) levels.
Renewal of the Federal/Provincial Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI) when the current agreement expires on March 31, 2014. Through the AHI,
accountable bilateral housing agreements provide cost-shared funding
for new construction of affordable housing, rent supplements,
renovation programs and off-reserve housing for aboriginal people.
Extend the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). HPS is a federal program through Human Resources and Skills Development
Canada (HRSDC) that provides direct support to Canadians to prevent and
"By working together with Canada's housing co-ops and other housing
stakeholders, governments can meet the pressing needs of vulnerable
Canadians, and also work in a meaningful way to alleviate poverty and
provide permanent housing options for Canadians," said Gazzard.
"Federal housing spending would not increase, and frontline program
responsibilities would be in the hands of provincial governments."
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
SOURCE: Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada
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