Ontario among the worst for housing need



    OTTAWA, Nov. 21 /CNW/ - A detailed report on the almost 1.5 million
Canadian households without acceptable housing shows Ontario has one of the
highest percentages of households in core housing need, with 15.1% of
households in need. The territories and British Columbia have more households
in need (Nunavut (38.8%), NorthWest Territories (17.4%), Yukon and British
Columbia (15.8%)). The rate in Nova Scotia is almost equal to Ontario at
(15.2%). The Canada-wide percentage of households in core housing need is
13.7%, with Alberta lowest at 10.5%.
    The report, released today by the Co-operative Housing Federation of
Canada (CHF Canada), also shows renters, new immigrants, lone parent families,
young adults, the elderly, and Aboriginal households are hardest hit by the
lack of affordable housing.
    "This report shows that rate of core need in Ontario is among the worst
in the country," said Tom Clement, Executive Director of the Co-operative
Housing Federation of Toronto. "It confirms what those of us who work in
non-profit housing already know - the lack of affordable housing is doing real
damage to millions of Canadian families."
    Written by economics researcher Will Dunning, the report, entitled
"Dimensions of Core Housing Need in Canada," looked at the most recent housing
data (2001) from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. It uses the CHMC
definition of "Core Housing Need," which considers a household to be in need
if its housing falls below at least one of the standards of adequacy,
suitability or affordability (costs more than 30% of before-tax household
income.)
    Renters account for 68.1% of core housing need. Lone-parent families have
a rate of 30%; double that of other Canadian households. Immigrants have a
higher rate of need than non-immigrants; for those households who have
recently arrived in Canada, the rate is triple that of non-immigrants. Rates
are also high among those 15-24 and those over 75. Across Canada, the
incidence of core housing need for Aboriginal households is 78% higher than
that for non-Aboriginals.
    "This report paints a human picture of why we need to maintain the
federal and provincial investment in community housing," said Clement. "It is
a first important step towards resolving the core housing need that affects so
many Canadians."
    The Dunning report indicates that affordability is the most common
difficulty in finding acceptable housing, with more than 89% of the
1.5 million households claiming it as a problem.
    The full text of the report is available on the CHF Canada website at
www.chfcanada.coop





For further information:

For further information: Tom Clement, Executive Director, Phone: (416)
465-8688 extension 202, E-mail: tom@coophousing.com; Brian Eng, Government
Relations and Communications Coordinator, Phone: (416) 465-8688 extension 215,
Cell: (416) 432-0984, E-mail: brian@coophousing.com

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