Sunday May 28, 2017
Why Canada needs a new National Housing Policy — now!
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- How 'spiritual dread' and flawed risk perception make us overreact to terrorism
- Andrew Scheer is the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
- The extraordinary graduation of Rumana Monzur
- Why Canada needs a new National Housing Policy — now!
- Learning how to die with grace from a beloved friend
- Full Episode
Canada is in the midst of a housing crisis. Skyrocketing prices in our biggest cities are making it nearly impossible for young people to dream of owning a home, or finding a decent place to rent. It's worse if you live in social housing. In the city of Toronto alone, more than 7,500 units are at risk of closure in the next few years unless money to repair them can be found.
The situation on reserves from one end of the country to the other is no better and in many instances, even worse. There are some 30,000 Canadians — men and women and, increasingly, families — who are homeless every day. Not to mention the 50,000 "hidden homeless" — those who couch surf or crash with relatives and friends.
We have a housing system that is designed to make some people wealthy and increase inequality rather than do what it necessary to adequately house all Canadians. - David Hulchanski
In recognition of this miserable state of affairs, the federal government has set aside $11 billion for a new National Housing Strategy, to be developed by Toronto MP Adam Vaughan.
David Hulchanski is one of Canada's most respected housing experts. He has spent decades researching housing, homelessness, and related social policy and human rights issues. He teaches Social Work and Urban Planning at the University of Toronto.
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