TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - Recent data released by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation shows that 1.7 million Canadian households were in core housing need, an increase of 130,000 households since 2011. While the federal government has taken an important first step and prioritized a national housing strategy as part of its recent budget, the details of the new policy remain in development.
Dr. Mark Rodgers, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada, will be present at this afternoon's Government of Canada announcement on the national housing strategy. He has participated in ongoing discussions with the Federal government about the national housing strategy over the past year. He is available to comment on:
- Why a national housing strategy should include affordable homeownership as an important solution to helping Canadians on low incomes bridge the housing gap between social/rental housing and homeownership.
- How the entire affordable housing continuum works. It is possible to transition Canadian families from fully subsidized social housing to affordable homeownership, without ongoing government subsidies, providing much needed stress relief to the social housing infrastructure.
- The challenging circumstances a lack of access to affordable housing creates for Canadian families, and the overall impact on the Canadian economy.
- Habitat for Humanity's model – how it works, how it is proven to have a long-term, positive impact on Canadians, including Indigenous communities, by providing a bridge to a more secure future. Habitat for Humanity Canada is a non-profit organization that provides affordable homeownership opportunities for working families on low incomes.
About Habitat for Humanity Canada
Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, nonprofit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 56 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. Habitat for Humanity Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which was established in 1976 and has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. For more information, please visit www.habitat.ca.
SOURCE Habitat for Humanity Canada
For further information: Sarah Anderson Austin, Habitat for Humanity Canada, E: [email protected], C: 647-571-6405