Where do the Parties stand on housing?

    OTTAWA, Oct. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - A new report from the Co-operative Housing
Federation of Canada outlines the election promises on housing from the major
parties running in the October 14 federal election.
    "Our members want to vote for parties that will do something to help the
four million Canadians in core housing need," said Nicholas Gazzard, Executive
Director. "Our member housing co-ops get calls every day from people desperate
to find a home they can afford. They have been calling on candidates in this
election to help the thousands of people on waiting lists for co-operatives
and other affordable housing. We're very pleased that all five parties have
made a commitment to affordable housing. We look forward to learning more
details about their long-term plans."
    The Conservative government took a positive step when they renewed the
three federal housing programs, which were set to expire in March. During the
campaign they have promised help for first time homebuyers but have yet to
offer details of a long-term strategy to address core housing need.
    CHF Canada was pleased with the Liberal commitment to new and refurbished
social housing units, additional subsidies to help house more low-income
people in existing co-ops, and funds for energy retrofits.
    Co-ops also appreciate the NDP's promised investment in new non-profit
and co-operative homes and specific targets to help the most vulnerable.
    The Green Party has committed dedicated funding for new co-operative
housing and an energy efficiency programs. The Bloc Québécois has also
committed to continued federal spending on housing and an increase in
affordable housing investments.

    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.

    To see the report, visit

For further information:

For further information: 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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