Dear Canada, Your Homelessness is Showing

Sarah Cooper recently wrote a letter to Canada to let the nation know that its embarrassing homelessness problem is beyond concealment. In the article - which appeared as an edition of the CCPA’s Fast Facts - Sarah writes:

It used to be that Canada had hardly any homeless people, and a social housing model that was lauded around the world. But now it’s been 20 years since federal funding was frozen for housing programs, longer than that since the gradual withdrawal from housing began.

Today, Canada is the only G8 country without a national housing strategy, and it shows: it’s estimated that about 300,000 Canadians are homeless, and about 1.7 million Canadians have trouble affording their housing. There are shelters and food banks in pretty much every Canadian city for men, women and children who don’t have a place to live or food to eat. It’s been going on for a while, and although our governments try to ignore it, it’s become an international embarrassment.

Sarah also highlights Manitoba’s affordable housing shortage - where the average cost of a home is outpacing average income increases. In concluding the article, she calls for a national housing strategy bring stakeholders and the Government of Canada together to develop targets and timelines to address housing issues and eliminate homelessness.

Sarah Cooper is the Housing and Community Development Researcher for Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives -MB and a member of the Right to Housing Coalition.

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