Time is Running Out for Canadians in Need of Affordable Housing

    OTTAWA, Sept. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Ottawa's announcement yesterday of funding
for Park Place Housing project in Victoria is welcome news in the fight
against homelessness - but much more is needed, the Co-operative Housing
Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) said today.
    "Time is running out for the thousands of Canadians living in core
housing need - paying more than they can afford to live in decent, secure
housing," said Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director.
    "These funds from the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) for a
housing project in Victoria are another step towards fighting the scourge of
homelessness in Canada, but Canadians need to hear the government's plans for
the major federal housing programs, including the HPS, due to expire in
March 2009. Funding for projects like this are an encouraging sign that the
Conservatives see housing as an issue, but what's needed is action, and soon.
Canada needs a national affordable action plan, developed in consultation with
the provinces, territories, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and
non-profit housing stakeholders, to end the housing uncertainty facing
    The funding announcement was made yesterday by Minister of Natural
Resources Gary Lunn, on behalf of Monte Solberg, Minister responsible for the
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

    CHF Canada is the national voice of the Canadian co-operative housing
movement. Its members include nearly 900 non-profit housing co-operatives as
well as organizations that are closely linked with housing cooperatives.

For further information:

For further information: Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director, (613)
230-2201 ext. 230, (613) 293-8913 (cell); Merrilee Robson, Program Manager,
Communications, 1-877-533-2667, ext. 122, (778) 227-3864 (cell)

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