NDP plan will make a real difference for those who need housing, co-ops say

    OTTAWA, Sept. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The NDP announcement of a comprehensive
plan to create new affordable housing is welcome news for the four million
Canadians in core housing need, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada
said today.
    "We are particularly pleased that the NDP's housing plan includes
specific targets to help the most vulnerable, including Aboriginal people,
seniors and women said Nicholas Gazzard, executive director.
    The NDP plan for a building retrofit and energy efficiency strategy also
addresses one of the major issues housing co-ops have been dealing with. Funds
for residential rehabilitation and energy retrofits will allow existing
housing co-ops to maintain the public investment in co-op housing and reduce
energy use.
    "We look forward to getting more details and learning how these programs
can help housing co-ops respond to Canada's desperate need for more affordable
    CHF Canada and Canada's 250,000 housing co-op members are pleased that
all five major parties have recognized that housing and homelessness is an
issue that concerns Canadians in this election. All have included some
provisions to address Canada's housing crisis in their platforms, and most
have specifically mentioned housing co-ops as part of the solution.
    CHF Canada has been calling for:

        - Continued federal spending for housing co-ops, to provide more
          homes for low-income Canadians

        - More rent-geared-to-income subsidies so housing co-ops can help
          more low-income Canadians who need housing

        - Federal loans so that housing co-ops can invest in energy savings
          and the reduction of greenhouse gases.

    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: Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director, (613)
293-8913 (cell), ngazzard@chfcanada.coop; Merrilee Robson, Program Manager,
Communications, (778) 227-3864, (cell)mrobson@chfcanada.coop

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