The Call to Fix the Crisis

Across the country all kinds of people and groups are calling for a national housing strategy to fix our affordable housing crisis. These include organizations concerned with Child Poverty, Hunger & Food Security, Homelessness, Co-op & non-profit housing providers, Health Care professionals, and municipalities. Here are a few of them:

Housing For All:

There is also a newly formed Vote Housing for All Network, which is made up of dozens of national, regional and local groups and associations located throughout Canada, all aiming to make affordable and social housing a federal election issue in 2015. Check out www.housing4all.ca fore more info!

They have a great video explaining the affordable housing crisis Housing for all video, and a 1pager that also gives an overview.

• The Canadian Association of Community Health Centres:

The CACHC is calling on all federal political parties to commit to four high-priority areas of action to improve health and healthcare. They asked federal party leaders 4 questions. One of them focused on housing & homelessness:

“What is your party’s commitment to developing and implementing a federal housing strategy focused on reducing homelessness and securing adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians?”

Read the letter & questions here. Read responses from the Party Leaders here. Sign the CACHC Housing Petition here.

For more about the CACHC, check out their website: www.cachc.ca You can also find them on Twitter: @CACHC_ACCSC & on Facebook.

• Vote Co-Op Housing: You Hold The Key Campaign:

Across the country tens of thousands of low-income co-op housing residents are in danger of losing their affordable homes – unless the federal government takes action.

YHTK_Elect.card_.generic.2This campaign has information about the expiry of operating agreements (the reason so many people are in danger of loosing their affordable housing), information to hand candidates and questions to ask them, when they show up at your door.  Check out there website: www.votecoophousing.ca

Campaign 2000:

Campaign 2000 is a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Campaign 2000 began in 1991 out of concern about the lack of government progress in addressing child poverty. Campaign 2000 is non-partisan in urging all Canadian elected officials to keep their promise to Canada’s children.

Their infographic titled “Canada Needs A National Housing Strategy” highlights that:

Housing Insecurity during childhood is linked to chronic health conditions, barriers to education, and food insecurity.

You can find Campaign 2000 on Twitter @Campaign2000 and on Facebook. Check out there website here.

Call For Housing :

Nurses have joined the call for action in addressing our national housing crisis. They see the problems people in our country face because of inadequate housing every day.  Sign their petition here.

As nurses, we witness the link between inadequate housing and ill health. We have seen poor housing and homelessness cause stress, malnourishment, impaired early childhood development, chronic illness and premature death. As nurses, we know that a housing crisis is a health crisis. 

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