CALGARY, June 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Participants in the 2013 annual general
meeting of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada)
are gathering in Calgary this week to address the impending loss of
housing subsidies for over 500,000 Canadians, over 50,000 of whom live
in co-op housing.
Some federal operating agreements have already expired and many will end
in the next few years, jeopardizing seniors, disabled, working poor and
new Canadians living in non-profit and co-operative homes.
More than 600 people will arrive in Calgary today from housing co-ops
across the country to address this issue, which Canada's big city
mayors declared last week was their top priority.
In Alberta, nearly 600 low-income households living in over 64 housing
co-ops are at risk, as are more than 20,000 co-op households in
communities across Canada.
"We are asking Minister responsible for CMHC, Diane Finley, to address
this critical issue," says Sarcee Meadows Housing Co-op board member
Sandy Christensen. "It is our hope that she will work with CHF Canada
and SACHA, our local federation, to ensure the most vulnerable
Canadians can continue to live in their housing co-operatives."
Delegates at CHF Canada's meeting will vote on resolutions calling on
governments to maintain housing affordability for low-income members
after the end of operating agreements with renewed federal funding.
"MPs from all political parties have expressed strong support for
continued assistance to co-op households," says CHF Canada Executive
Director, Nicholas Gazzard. "Such programs would be delivered by
provinces, territories, and municipalities."
CHF Canada is the national voice of the Canadian co operative housing
movement. Its members include over 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.
SOURCE: Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada
For further information:
Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director, 613-293-8913 (cell), email@example.com
Scott Jackson, Program Manager, National Communications, 778-227-3864 (cell)