Canada's Housing Co-ops Welcome Housing Plan in the Liberal Platform

    OTTAWA, Sept. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's 250,000 housing co-operative
members welcomed the Liberal Party of Canada's campaign platform today. It
included measures that would be taken by a Liberal government to tackle
Canada's affordable housing crisis by providing 30,000 new social housing
units, refurbishing 30,000 others, and providing additional subsides to house
more families within the existing federally funded co-op programs, such as
Section 95 housing co-ops," the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF
Canada) said today.
    "The Liberal platform brings welcome news for the 4 million Canadians
living in core housing need - living without access to affordable, secure
housing options," said Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director.
    CHF Canada has called on federal parties in this election campaign to
protect the public investment in affordable housing so that these homes can
continue to house low-income Canadians.
    "The platform released today gives some hope for the hundreds of
thousands of Canadian families on waiting lists for assisted housing. These
measures will go a long way to provide much needed certainty for housing
providers, including non-profit co-ops," said Gazzard.
    "We hope that in their platforms every party commits to providing
additional permanent support for non-profit housing co-ops and other forms of
affordable housing, to stem Canada's housing crisis."

    CHF Canada is the national voice of the Canadian co-operative housing
movement. Its members include nearly 900 non-profit housing co-operatives as
well as organizations that are closely linked with housing cooperatives.

For further information:

For further information: Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director, (613)
230-2201 ext. 230, (613) 293-8913 (cell),; Merrilee
Robson, Program Manager, Communications, 1-877-533-2667, ext. 122, (778)
227-3864 (cell),

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