Co-op members arrive in Victoria to help those who need housing

    VICTORIA, BC, May 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The 700 people arriving in Victoria
today for the annual meeting of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada,
will see the things tourists usually see - the flowers, the boats in the
harbor, and the horse-drawn carriages.
    But they will also notice the number of homeless people in the city. They
know that, with Victoria's rental vacancy rate of .4 percent, many renters are
at risk of homelessness. The meeting's delegates will be arriving with plans
to do something about Canada's affordable housing crisis.
    "CHF Canada's Board of Directors has put forward a motion asking us to
call on the federal government to take action on Canada's affordable housing
shortage," said Nicholas Gazzard, CHF Canada's executive director. "Our
members have affordable homes but they know that too many people in Canada
still need a home they can afford. We know who these people are because they
call our offices and apply for our long waiting lists."
    CHF Canada has a successful lobbying record. Gazzard was named one of
Canada's top 100 lobbyists for CHF Canada's work in securing federal funding
for renovation and retrofits in the last federal budget. The application
process for the funds was announced last Sunday by Diane Findley, the federal
Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
    The Minister's Parliamentary Secretary, Ed Komarnicki, will be speaking
to the business meeting at 1 pm on May 30 and presenting the CMHC award for
outstanding contribution to co-operative housing. The meeting will take place
in the Victoria Conference Centre.
    At each annual meeting, attendees raise funds for a local group that
helps the homeless. This year CHF Canada members will be raising funds for the
Victoria Women's Transition House.

    CHF Canada is the national voice of the Canadian co-operative housing
movement. Its members include nearly 900 non-profit housing co-operatives and
other organizations across Canada. More than a quarter of a million Canadians
live in housing co-ops, in every province and territory.

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For further information:

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

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