OTTAWA, Nov. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) will testify today at the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development (HUMA) hearing on Bill C-304 to call for an Affordable Housing Policy for Canada. Housing is often the single largest household expense - and for a growing number of low and moderate income Canadians the cost of housing has become a significant burden, consuming more than a third and in many cases more than half of all household income. Recent events in the US have underlined the major role of housing in the economy.
"Canada must have an affordable housing strategy that meets the needs of all Canadians," said CHRA President, David Eddy. "Right now, approximately 1.5 million households in this country do not have either adequate or affordable shelter. Passing Bill C-304 and creating a national housing strategy will be a giant step toward ensuring CHRA's vision that all Canadians have a decent, adequate and affordable place to call home."
"Housing is a key determinant of health, a driver of the economy and a basic human right," said Geoff Gillard, Acting Executive Director, CHRA. "All levels of government must commit to ensuring access to adequate housing for all Canadians as a national priority. The CHRA Affordable Housing Policy we are releasing today clearly outlines the rationale, principles, roles and responsibilities that will create and maintain a sustainable housing system."
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About the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association
CHRA is the national non-profit formed in 1968 that is the leading voice for affordable housing in Canada and a national network for housing providers, affordable housing promoters, government representatives and individuals. CHRA believes housing is a fundamental human right for all Canadians and contributes to positive outcomes in health, education, the environment, economic competitiveness and prosperity.
SOURCE CANADIAN HOUSING AND RENEWAL ASSOCIATION (CHRA)
For further information: For further information: Geoff Gillard, Acting Executive Director, CHRA, (613) 325-6321 or ggillard@CHRA-ACHRU.CA, www.chra-achru.ca