The lead editorial in the
Non-governmental groups should incorporate Miloon’s preliminary observations into our work leading up to the next federal budget.
While Miloon has completed the first stage of his fact-finding mission to
Miloon has asked for any additional information – statistics, stories, recommendations for action – that non-governmental groups want to pass along. Please stay tuned for details.
Here’s the Star piece:
A 3-point strategy for better housing
Canadians really didn't need a United Nations envoy to tour the country and announce that
But the visit last week by Miloon Kothari , the UN's special rapporteur on adequate housing, did shine a spotlight on the shocking lack of affordable housing options in a country as rich as Canada. Successive federal and provincial governments have pledged to address the problem, but all have fallen far short of meeting the growing demand for reasonably priced housing for low-income families and individuals.
What is lacking is a co-ordinated federal-provincial housing strategy, in effect a national plan that would ensure every Canadian has a decent place to call home.
Such a blueprint must take a three-pronged approach: new construction of affordable homes, rent subsidies and renovation of existing homes.
The three areas need to be tackled together, not in isolation or in any prescribed order. Rather, a holistic approach is best suited to addressing the problem.
As a key leg of the three-pronged strategy, it is imperative that