Housing is linked to security and everyone has a right to this feeling. In Canada there is a commitment from the Federal Government to promote diverse communities and create a new generation of housing that is mixed-income, mixed-use, accessible and sustainable. They plan to cut chronic homelessness by 50% and remove 530,000 families from housing need.
The City of Ottawa has a 10 year housing and homelessness plan with goals that include: everyone having a home, people getting the support they need and a having a co-ordinated housing system in place.
CHF Canada, CHASEO and CHRA also have goals of reducing homelessness.
The issue of housing is on everyones mind for a good reason. There is room for everyone to contribute to a solution that allows everyone a HOME.
A Community Land Trust is a member based non-profit organization that obtains and manages land for community benefit.
Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) are a strategic tool used in the process of building community wealth.
Community Advocacy is happening in many ways in Ottawa. Some are visible and others not as easy to see.
The time is now to solve Canada’s housing crisis
The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is embarking on: Recovery for All, a campaign to end homelessness in Canada once and for all. This bold campaign is trying to reverse the decades long policy of homelessness, encouraging our Parliament to invest in a COVID-19 recovery for all individuals.
We are at a unique moment in time when big change is possible - we have a progressively aligned federal Parliament and a public sharing in some of the fear, worry and anxiety that our homeless neighbours feel every day. We have proven models to follow, communities already having success in reducing homelessness and we have a growing and powerful grassroots movement working to end homelessness.
We can stimulate the economy, create jobs, and end homelessness at the same time.
I would really appreciate it if you could join too! It takes 30 seconds. You can do it here: https://www.recoveryforall.ca
You can urge the government to purchase housing stock. Here is a great campaign and it took me less than two minutes to submit my information and have it sent off to city officials.