The United Nations has described housing and homelessness in Canada as a “national emergency”. (1) An estimated 250,000 people are homeless, with another 1.5 million individuals unable to access satisfactory housing, or face a serious financial burden to keep their housing. Aboriginal peoples, newcomers, lone parents, women, people living with disabilities, and seniors are all disproportionately affected by housing insecurity.(2)
CFUW has called on the Government in Canada to work with other levels of government to establish a National Housing and Homelessness Strategy to address the housing crisis, curb costs, and help lift lower income families from poverty.
See some of our actions:
- Joint Letter to Premiers Calls for Action on Housing Crisis – July 2013
- Open Letter to All Members of Parliament: For the Safety and Health of Women, Canada Needs a National Housing Strategy
- Letter to the Prime Minister urging support for Bill C-400, an Act to Ensure Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing for Canada
- National Housing Day – Renewing our Call for a National Housing and Homelessness Strategy
- Affordable Housing and Poverty
- CFUW supports Bill C-304, for affordable, accessible and secure housing
- Letter to Human Resources committee in support of affordable housing (Bill C-304)
- (1) United Nations Expert on Adequate Housing Calls for Immediate Attention to Tackle Housing Crisis in Canada
- (2) Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 2010.
- Pomeroy, Steve. 2005. The Cost of Homelessness: Analysis of Alternate Responses in Four Canadian Cities. Prepared for the National Secretariat on Homelessness. Ottawa: Focus Consulting
- In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness – Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology