Co-ops ask, "What would happen if everyone in Toronto needed housing?"

    OTTAWA, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - At a time when 4 million Canadians are in
need of housing, more than 700 housing co-op members are gathering in Toronto
to do something about it.
    The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada will be holding its annual
general meeting, June 12 - 14, at the Westin Harbour Castle Convention Centre
in Toronto.
    "It's appalling that 4 million people in Canada are living in core
housing need - paying more than they can afford or living in substandard
housing," says Nicholas Gazzard, CHF Canada's executive director. That's
equivalent to the population of Toronto, so it's fitting that we're meeting
    "I'm sure that if tomorrow the entire city was left homeless or in
substandard housing, there would be cries for all levels of government and the
community to help. Because the number of people in Canada in core housing need
is spread across the country, the crisis is not so visible. But it's a crisis
    "Our members are anxious to build more housing co-operatives to address
this need. We'll be talking about our solutions and plans at our meeting."
    There are more than 93,000 co-op homes in Canada, providing affordable
housing for a quarter of a million Canadians. But the number of co-ops cannot
meet the demand for affordable housing. Most co-ops have long waiting lists
and the problem will become more acute as the government funding programs that
help house low-income residents come to an end.
    CHF Canada members are working with other organizations and calling on
all levels of government to help the 4 million Canadians in core housing need.
    Author Thomas Homer-Dixon is the keynote speaker, at 9:30 am on Saturday,
June 14 in the Metro Ballroom of the Westin Harbour Castle Convention Centre.

    CHF Canada is the national voice of the Canadian co-operative housing
movement. Its members include nearly 900 non-profit housing co-operatives and
the organizations that support them. Local hosts for the annual meeting are
the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto and Toronto-area housing

For further information:

For further information: Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director, (613)
293-8913,; Merrilee Robson, Program Manager,
Communications, (416) 861-8755, cell: (778) 227-3864, (CHF Canada conference
office, June 11 - 14),

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