Choosing between providing shelter and providing food, between paying rent and paying utility bills – these are choices that no family should ever have to make.
In Canada, over 3.2 million people do not have access to safe, decent and affordable shelter. This is the reality in a Canada that once prided itself as a world leader in affordable housing. A Canada that believed it had an obligation to house every Canadian in a safe and decent home. We need to be that Canada again. We’ll get there by insisting that housing be a right for all. Let’s open the door to all Canadians looking for a home, and ensure there’s no one left out.
With more than 1.5 million Canadian families in need of affordable housing right now, this need must not only be heard, but addressed. That’s why Habitat for Humanity Canada is calling on you, and all Canadians, to join us in bringing the issue of affordable housing to the forefront. Together we can urge discussion, action, and change across the country, so that every Canadian can know the life-changing power of owning a house, of being at home.
November 22nd was National Housing Day
Stewart Hardacre, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada, on Creating a Solution to Canada's Housing Crisis
It is a sobering reality: 1.5 million families, or more than four million Canadians, are currently living in substandard housing. With an average household income of under $20,000 – nearly 75 per cent below the national average – these men and women, mothers and fathers, are forced to make impossible choices between adequate shelter and other basic necessities of life like food, clothing, education and medical and dental expenses. This is a national crisis and it cannot be ignored. National Housing Day (Nov. 22nd), reminds Canadians to recognize and reflect on the issue of affordable [ .....Full Story ]
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