Housing - a problem that is too big NOT to fix

    OTTAWA, Oct. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - With 4 million Canadians in need of housing
and 40,000 sleeping in shelters every night, Canada's affordable housing
shortage is not a problem that is too big to fix; it's a problem that is too
big not to fix, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada said today.
    Speaking at a meeting with provincial and territorial housing ministers,
the Federation of Canadian municipalities, and other national housing
organizations, Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director, made a case for
co-operative housing as part of the solution.
    "Co-op housing in Canada is a success story. Co-op housing is
cost-effective for government and offers a truly community-driven housing
solution that puts the residents in control of their housing."
    CHF Canada recognized the importance of the renewal of the three federal
housing programs just prior to the call of the federal election and called on
the provinces and territories to make a matching commitment. But Gazzard
called for a long term strategy.
    "The renewed federal spending, while welcome, will not deliver the new
affordable housing needed to address the challenges of core housing need. The
federal government must commit to further funding and develop a strategy to
respond to the expiry of existing federal housing commitments.

    Canadian housing co-ops are also calling for

    - A strategic partnership among different levels of government
    - Consultation with stakeholder groups
    - New spending tied to both supply and demand solutions, and
    - Efficiency in scale in program design.

    CHF Canada is the national voice of co-operative housing in Canada, with
more than 900 housing co-operatives and other members, representing 56,000
co-operative homes.

For further information:

For further information: visit www.chfcanada.coop or contact: Nicholas
Gazzard, Executive Director, 1-800-465-2752, ext. 230, (613) 293-8913 (cell),
ngazzard @ chfcanada.coop; Merrilee Robson, Program Manager, Communications,
1-877-533-2667, ext. 122, (778) 227-3864 (cell), mrobson@chfcanada.coop

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