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Salvation Army opens new space for homeless LGBT people, critics raise concerns - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Salvation Army is opening a new space for homeless members of the LGBT community in Winnipeg, but those plans are being criticized by gay advocates concerned about the organization's history with their community. The Sally Anne will open 15 rooms and a lounge for the LGBT community in a space that was previously being used to house... [Click to read more]

Canada’s Major Cities Turning Into Islands Of Wealth, Poverty As Middle Class Disappears: Researcher - Thursday, February 15, 2018

Canada's largest, most economically dynamic cities are becoming islands of cultural isolation, as economic inequality grows and the cities' neighbourhoods become increasingly polarized, researchers warn. The result, they say, could be a fractured, distrustful society where common ground between different groups can be hard to find. According to data compiled by researchers led by University of Toronto professor David Hulchanski, all four of... [Click to read more]

Calgary's 10-year plan to end homelessness has run out of time - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Amber Skye has been in and out of homelessness for about 12 years. She stays with friends when she can, and sleeps in shelters. "These people on the streets, some of them are freezing," she says. Calgary's lofty, 10-year plan to end homelessness had vowed that by today, people like Skye would be on the street or in a shelter for less than a week before finding a safe, affordable... [Click to read more]

Affordable rental homes included in proposed downtown Vancouver luxury condo development - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

 A proposed downtown Vancouver development will combine luxury condos and "affordable" market rental units. There’s no word yet on how much the supposed 24 rental homes will be leased to future tenants. According to the development application submitted by Landa Global Properties to city hall, the rental homes are “social housing”. The rentals will... [Click to read more]

Hot housing market increasing Ottawa's rental prices - Thursday, February 8, 2018

Ottawa's strong and stable housing market is having a noticeable impact on rental rates. According to the popular listing website PadMapper, rental prices for a bachelor and four bedroom apartment have increased by 7% in the last month alone. One bedroom apartments have decreased by nearly 2%, but are still up about 7% from this time last year. "The fact that... [Click to read more]

Egan: When boilers turn cold and ovens heat apartments - Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Rehannon Hawkins, 36, lives with her 15-year-old daughter on the 11th floor at 1485 Caldwell Ave., a public housing highrise off northern Merivale Road.It’s their home, warmly decorated with bright colours and plastered with family photos. But this winter arrived with an especially cold heart when the hot water stopped being hot and the heater stopped giving much heat. “I just got so cold in here.” So, she... [Click to read more]

Other Canadian cities ahead of Toronto in tackling homelessness, advocates say - Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Homeless shelter emergencies aren’t happening in other Canadian winter cities because they have focused on getting people into housing, says the head of a national group working to get people off the streets. Officials in Toronto opened a temporary homeless shelter earlier this month in the face of what Mayor John Tory called relentless cold and an unprecedented demand for additional supports. “There’s a surge in homelessness for... [Click to read more]

Deal with poverty, affordability issues to improve health care for Manitobans, NDP town hall hears - Thursday, February 1, 2018

If you want to improve health care in Manitoba, focus on lifting Manitobans out of poverty first. That was one of the messages as about 100 people gathered in central Winnipeg Saturday afternoon to voice their opinions on how recent changes to the health-care system have impacted their lives. NDP Leader Wab Kinew and local psychiatric nurse Uzoma Asagwara hosted the event, which saw people ask about, and suggest solutions for... [Click to read more]

Affordable housing survey response surprises Charlottetown group - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Charlottetown’s youth retention advisory board is hearing that there is a growing need for affordable housing. The board, called Charlottetown Youth Matters, launched a survey on Jan. 17 to collect data on housing for people between the ages of 16 and 35. The goal was to collect meaningful data from youth to help stage policy and direction to address housing concerns. Alex Youland, a member of the group, said... [Click to read more]

Sudbury residents with low-incomes learn new ways to better their circumstances - Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A northern Ontario health unit is celebrating a group of people who are on track to get themselves out of poverty. Several people have just graduated from the Sudbury health unit's six-week "Leader Training" program. It's designed for those who are currently living in poverty and want to become more financially independent. The idea is for participants to lead their own journey out of poverty. "So we're not saying... [Click to read more]

Extreme inequality is bad for us all, but women are hurting most - Thursday, January 25, 2018

Next time you lace up your running shoes, consider who made them. Lan stitches 1,200 pairs of shoes like yours each day in a factory in Vietnam. Let that sink in for a moment: 1,200 pairs. Lan’s wage is so low, she not only can’t afford a pair for her young son, but she doesn’t see him and his baby sister for months at a time. While she toils for a dollar an hour, six days a week in the city, her children live with their grandparents in the Vietnamese countryside. Under pressure to meet daily targets for... [Click to read more]

Why Calgary’s 10-year bid to end homelessness was a valuable failure - Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Clients at the Calgary Drop-In shelter pass slowly through security, out of the January chill into a lobby where residents sprawl out for naps despite “no sleeping” signs. It’s a nice place, a man with grey moustache and a backpack explains while riding to the second floor on the six-storey building’s elevator. He’s called it home since 2001, when the Drop-In opened. By Jan. 29, 2018, Calgary was supposed to have effectively eliminated homelessness... [Click to read more]

Canada lags on poverty, homelessness - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

At last, Canada stands with other developed nations with its new national housing strategy. But while this historic step forward by the federal government represents what many activists have sought for decades, is it time to rejoice? Will the staggering $40 billion promised over 10 years amend nearly a quarter-century of federal inactivity on public housing? And will the national strategy provide for the more than half a million Canadians in need of affordable housing? Since the 1990s... [Click to read more]

Winter is not a surprise and neither is homelessness - Thursday, January 18, 2018

It’s Canada. It’s winter. And unsurprisingly we find ourselves in a multi-day cold snap. For most of us it’s not that big a deal. Our outdoor New Year’s Eve celebrations get cancelled, we snuggle a little deeper into our sweaters and we turn up the thermostat. When we have to leave the house or work we bundle into warm jackets and minimize our time outside. Unfortunately the homeless in our community do not have... [Click to read more]

Cold snap highlights need to tackle larger issue of homelessness in Toronto, activists warn - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

With record-breaking frigid temperatures gripping Toronto, the manager of a non-profit community based agency believes it will take more than people freezing to death for city officials to fix the problem of homelessness once and for all. Even as Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning for Toronto on Thursday and temperatures dropped to -23 C early Friday, breaking the decades-old record low of -20.6 set in 1959, Joyce Rankin, a manager at the Street Health Community Nursing Foundation clinic... [Click to read more]

Multiple affordable housing projects to be announced in Kamloops in coming months - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

 KAMLOOPS — Kamloops can expect a number of affordable housing announcements in the coming months. Mayor Ken Christian says City Council is actively working on a multi-pronged approach to bringing more affordable housing to the city, and reducing homelessness. "Over the next months, we will have a number of projects that we're working with. I think the first announcement is January 16 that we hope to have the minister here to make some announcements because this is... [Click to read more]

Comment: Don’t forget the poor in affordable-housing debate - Thursday, January 11, 2018

About 20 to 40 years ago, there was a commitment by the government to build some subsidized housing units every year, with rent geared to income. Housing was for seniors, families, singles and people with disabilities. Both federal and provincial commitments were made. That housing was subsidized for 40 to 60 years to ensure that there was a supply of truly affordable housing for the long term for people with either very low or fixed incomes. These units provided a valuable part of the social safety net and... [Click to read more]

Tiny houses could be next affordable housing wave in Edmonton - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

We’ve seen monster homes. We’ve seen skinny homes. It looks like tiny homes could be next. Coun. Andrew Knack is among the advocates for this newest form of affordable housing in Edmonton. “It’s a huge gap, a huge opportunity for seniors and more affordable housing (for anyone),” said Knack, who plans to introduce a motion to include tiny homes in the next ... [Click to read more]

Quebec to offer basic income for 84,000 people unable to work - Thursday, December 28, 2017

Quebecers who have a severely limited capacity to work will gradually be able to access a guaranteed minimum income beginning next year, Premier Philippe Couillard's government announced Sunday. The measure is part of a $3-billion action plan to fight poverty and promote "economic inclusion," but falls short of offering a basic income for all Quebecers, a demand of many anti-poverty groups. An estimated 84,000 Quebecers would qualify for... [Click to read more]

New pilot project aims to get homeless out of the cold - Wednesday, December 27, 2017

For the past 10 years Gary and Melody Macsemchuk have operated Grace Place, a street outreach ministry where they provide food, clothes and assistance to those in need. But they’ve known there are needs that extend beyond their daytime hours. In October, Grace Place began a six-month Out of the Cold pilot project, a 10-bed overnight shelter for people who would otherwise be left to fend for themselves on frigid winter nights. “Being open during... [Click to read more]

Affordable housing options squeezed - Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Despite having some of the least expensive real estate across major Canadian cities, Winnipeg is experiencing an increase in the number of residents living in houses they can’t afford. New data released on Tuesday by Peg, an organization which studies local issues related to public health and safety, noted the number of Winnipeggers in what they call the "core housing need" increased to 12.1 per cent last year from 10.3 per cent in 2010. Peg defines "core housing need" as... [Click to read more]

Women seeking support from homeless services outnumber men for first time - Tuesday, January 3, 2017

More women than men are seeking homeless support for the first time, with the rise in those escaping domestic or family violence driving a 21% increase in women at risk of homelessness since 2012. New figures released on Thursday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reveal that the archetypal homeless person is no longer a man sleeping rough but a young woman aged 25-34, often with a child, and, increasingly, escaping violence. About 60% of those who asked for support from service providers in 2016-17 were women, the majority of them... [Click to read more]

Residents to camp out to raise money for youth homelessness - Monday, January 2, 2017

Katherine McParland went through 28 different foster homes before she turned 19 when she aged out of the foster care system. When she left foster care, she was homeless. "It was the first snowfall and I was living on the streets along the river bank and it was very cold," McParland said. After scouring Kijiji for an affordable place to live, she found a small suite downtown. She met the landlord and moved in soon after. But going from living on the streets... [Click to read more]