CHRA to meet with Provincial Ministers at Housing Summit

    OTTAWA, Oct. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Housing and Renewal
Association will be among the national housing stakeholders meeting tomorrow
with seven Provincial and Territorial Housing Ministers to discuss Canada's
affordable housing shortage and how to address it.
    "For CHRA this meeting is a unique opportunity to brief Provincial and
Territorial Housing Ministers on what the sector sees as the key national
concerns and priorities related to affordable housing and neighbourhood
rejuvenation. I think that one thing provincial governments and affordable
housing stakeholders share is a common desire to see more federal engagement
in this sector, particularly in the area of long-term funding." says CHRA
Acting Executive Director Geoff Gillard.
    Four million people in Canada cannot afford adequate housing without
sacrificing other necessities, including food. Yet Canada is the only
G8 country that does not have a national housing strategy that guides efforts
to draw that number down. There are several federal housing and homelessness
programs that help, but they are short-term and chronically under funded
relative to the need.
    "Providing adequate, energy efficient and affordable housing helps to
stabilize neighbourhoods and economies, reduces homelessness, eases burdens on
the health and education systems, and contributes to the reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions, says Mr. Gillard. "It's never been more clear than
it is today what a central role housing plays in the economy, particularly
housing for people and families on low incomes."
    Mr. Gillard will be speaking to the housing ministers at 11:05 am. He
will be available for comment after the event. To schedule an interview,
please contact Melodie Cardin, Communication Coordinator, at 613-594-3007,
ext. 19.

For further information:

For further information: Melodie Cardin, Communication Coordinator,
(613) 594-3007, ext. 19

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