Housing announcements welcome but more are needed in this federal election



    OTTAWA, Sept. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The need for affordable housing is
becoming an important issue in the federal election, but none of the parties
have announced a comprehensive plan to respond to Canada's affordable housing
crisis, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada said today.
    "Today's Conservative announcement of tax credits for new home buyers is
welcome and will help some people afford a home, but it doesn't address the
problems faced by the millions of Canadians who have to choose between food
and housing, and can only dream of buying their own home, said Nicholas
Gazzard, CHF Canada's executive director.
    The 4 million Canadians living in core housing need are still waiting to
hear what the next government will do to help them. The fact that both the
Liberals and Conservatives have both made announcement in the past week that
will address housing affordability is real progress. But housing advocates are
still waiting to hear about long-term plans for dealing with the affordable
housing crisis.

    CHF Canada has been calling for:

    Continued federal spending for housing co-ops, to provide more homes for
    low-income Canadians

    More rent-geared-to-income subsidies so housing co-ops can help more
    low-income Canadians who need housing

    A loan fund so that housing co-ops can invest in energy savings and the
    reduction of greenhouse gases




For further information:

For further information: Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director, (613)
293-8913 (cell), ngazzard@chfcanada.coop; Merrilee Robson, Program Manager,
Communications, (778) 227-3864 (cell), mrobson@chfcanada.coop


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