CHF Canda Calls for Permanent Affordable Housing Options

Last month’s announcement of funds from the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) for two homelessness shelters in Vancouver—while welcome—only puts a band-aid on the housing and homelessness crisis that is facing the city, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) says.

“While the funding for the shelter program at Covenant House Vancouver will expand two separate shelters, funds from the HPS—a federal program that is expiring in March 2009—should also be provided for long-term, permanent affordable housing,” says Executive Director Nicholas Gazzard.

CHF Canada has been pressing the federal government to provide real leadership by developing a long-term national affordable housing action plan in consultation with the provincial and territorial ministers responsible for housing, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and major stakeholder groups including the non-profit co-op housing sector.

-- story from Canadian Co-operative Association