CHRA reacts to social housing spending in federal budget



    OTTAWA, Jan. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Conservative government has released
its budget, including an economic stimulus package which injects an additional
2.075 billion dollars into Canada's affordable housing sector over two years.
$1 billion will be spent on renovations and retrofits to social housing, which
could include energy efficiency retrofits. Significantly, this funding is
contingent on matching funding being provided by provinces and territories.
    The remaining $1.075 billion will fund housing for low-income seniors,
persons with disabilities, on-reserve aboriginal housing, and northern
housing.
    "This budget addresses important needs facing people living in run-down
social housing and certain groups- seniors, on-reserve aboriginals and people
with disabilities- waiting for decent, affordable housing" says Dave Eddy,
President of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association. "This budget is
just as remarkable for who it leaves out, namely the homeless, most low-income
Canadians without affordable housing, and aboriginal peoples living in cities
and towns."




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