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'Homelessness is not a disease': living library offers stories from the streets - Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mike Kennedy has no fixed address. The 60-year-old from Fredericton, who has multiple sclerosis, spends many of his nights on a stranger's couch. Kennedy sat down inside the Fredericton Public Library to share his story as part of a living library on homelessness this week. A living library takes the stories of everyday people and allows them to be "checked out" by another person, much like a book. The borrower is then directed to the person with... [Click to read more]

 
Census: Median income in four of five Indigenous communities below poverty line - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Four out of every five Aboriginal reserves have median incomes that fall below the poverty line, according to income data from the 2016 census that provides insight into the depth of poverty facing Indigenous Peoples in Canada. A Canadian Press review of census figures for areas identified as Indigenous communities found about 81 per cent of reserves had median incomes below... [Click to read more]

 
Premier announces up to $6.9M for affordable housing - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Affordable housing units in Niagara will be seeing some green upgrades thanks to a provincial funding announcement made Thursday afternoon in Beamsville. Coincidentally standing on land that was recently proposed as a new mixed-use residential development, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the Niagara region would be receiving up to $6.9 million over the next five years to fund upgrades at social housing apartments... [Click to read more]

 
New rentals in Metro Vancouver a long time coming - Thursday, October 12, 2017

Any new housing development in Metro Vancouver functions as a Rorschach test. To wit, the grand opening of a new mixed-use apartment in downtown Cloverdale in Surrey, B.C. this week. On one hand, it's a new purpose-built rental building, meaning all 97 units in it will be explicitly for renters for decades to come. But there were nearly 2,000 applications for those 97 golden tickets. Some of those applications probably came from people living a couple kilometres away in Clayton Heights — where the City of Surrey has told... [Click to read more]

 
Affordable rental units getting scarce - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The excavators start digging on York Street Wednesday for downtown London’s newest highrise residential tower. But developer Tricar Group still has not decided whether the new 24 storey, 245-units building will be rental or condo. It’s one of the decisions that could become more crucial as London’s apartment rental market continues to tighten along with rest of the province. A provincial report released by... [Click to read more]

 
Homeless shelter demand rising in Ontario as facilities close - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

More people are accessing shelters in Ontario than they were five years ago, but with more facilities closing their doors the remaining shelters are overflowing. In 2016, the province had 310 shelters in operation, 30 less than in 2011, according to Statistics Canada. The closures amounted to the loss of an estimated 1,000 shelter beds — a sizable chunk of the now-existing 11,000 places. It is unknown what prompted the closures. With about... [Click to read more]

 
Homeless count finds housing affordability crisis driving numbers up - Thursday, October 5, 2017

Housing costs and a lack of income are driving up the numbers of Lower Mainland homeless, 22 per cent of whom were employed full or part-time, according to the latest count conducted by Metro Vancouver. The report issued Tuesday said the takeaway from this year's homeless count is the need for more affordable housing. About half of the people surveyed said housing costs and a lack of income were the... [Click to read more]

 
Youth homelessness advocate completes cross-country walk pushing a shopping cart - Wednesday, October 4, 2017

VANCOUVER — A man who lived on the streets of Vancouver as a teenager will push a shopping cart through the city's rough-and-tumble Downtown Eastside once again on Friday, but this time will mark the end of a cross-country journey to raise awareness about youth homelessness. Joe Roberts, 50, began his The Push For Change campaign in Newfoundland 17 months ago to visit schools and communities to discuss... [Click to read more]

 
Governments of Canada and Ontario Announce Funding for Affordable Rental Housing in Val Rita - Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The governments of Canada and Ontario are proud to partner to fund affordable rental housing for Indigenous residents in the northeastern Ontario Township of Val Rita-Harty. The development on De L'Église Avenue in Val Rita, spearheaded by Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (OAHS), will provide 10 new units of affordable rental housing. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development... [Click to read more]

 
Single mom homeless after subsidy shrinks, Manitoba Housing rent increases - Thursday, September 28, 2017

A single mother who got off social assistance and started working full-time was evicted from Manitoba Housing, in part because she was behind in her rent by $100. "I'm a struggling mom, so I would get behind [in rent] a little bit," said Kaslyn Kitt, 39. "But I was working my way out of housing, so to have it where I'm working my way up and out, to be kicked out before it happens -- I didn't know... [Click to read more]

 
Housing minister eyes possible cut to annual rent increases - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

B.C.’s housing minister is exploring lessening the annual rent hikes landlords are allowed to apply to tenants in the province. Selina Robinson said the current formula, which caps annual allowable rent increases to two per cent plus the rate of inflation, will be under review within her ministry as she tries to find ways to make life more affordable for renters. “I’m very curious about those numbers and how... [Click to read more]

 
Windsor's homeless population reaches 'crisis' levels, says aid agency - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Peter Turner feels like he's "blowing in the wind" as he bounces from couch to couch without a place to call his home. The 46-year-old, who battles mental health and addiction issues, has even spent a few grim nights sleeping on the street since he found himself homeless in March after falling out with a friend. "It was constantly moving, packing, living out of a suitcase, dragging the suitcase from place to place and just feeling like... [Click to read more]

 
1.2 million Canadian children living in poverty: census - Thursday, September 21, 2017

More than a million Canadian children are living in low-income households, according to census data. Census information released by Statistics Canada Wednesday shows that in 2015, nearly 1.2 million children across Canada were living in low-income households, representing about... [Click to read more]

 
Liberals to make housing a right in new homelessness strategy - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The federal Liberals' are sending signals that they are ready to make a right to housing part of its national housing strategy. The declaration appears largely aspirational in nature at this point, as sources with knowledge of the government's thinking said there won't be any legislated specifics tied to the promise - unlike the detailed benchmarks on other parts of the plan to measure progress. Government officials have told housing and homeless advocates to... [Click to read more]

 
Annual rent increase may be cut: BC housing minister - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

BC housing minister Selina Robinson is considering the possibility of altering the province-wide formula that sets the maximum amount landlords can increase rent by annually, the minister told media this week. The current formula, part of the Residential Tenancy Act, allows landlords to increase rent by two per cent plus inflation. With current inflation rates, the maximum rent increase would be four per cent in 2018. If next year's rent hike goes into effect, the average rent for... [Click to read more]

 
Abandoned NYC hospital to be redeveloped as affordable housing - Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hoping to bolster its stock of affordable housing, New York City last week issued an RFEI (Request for Expressions of Interest) to redevelop the long-abandoned Greenpoint Hospital in Brooklyn into 500 supportive and affordable apartments. The 146,100-square-foot complex includes three buildings and open land that have been sitting empty since 1983. “It makes no sense in a community desperate for affordable housing that that prime site has been sitting here... [Click to read more]

 
Edmonton housing agency triples density of affordable housing with no opposition - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

An Edmonton housing agency tripled the density of its affordable housing project without one resident turning up to oppose it at public hearing Monday. It’s a good sign for what city officials hope will become a template for new affordable housing across the city, eventually giving homes to the more than 5,000 families now on waiting lists. “We have dozens of other sites around the city with aging housing … where we could do this over and over again,” Mayor Don Iveson said of the... [Click to read more]

 
Struggle to find affordable housing an old story, but government action could write new chapter - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

An old adage says that the more things change the more they stay the same. The rental housing market in Winnipeg is a prime example of this idea, but that might change if current initiatives from Make Poverty History and the Right to Housing Coalition calling for renewed government involvement can help. The struggle to find affordable housing isn't new — in fact, you can see it's been happening for a very long time if you look back to Jane Austen's 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility, in which... [Click to read more]

 
Mayor of London steps up battle for affordable housing - Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Mayor of London has stepped up his battle for affordable housing in the capital, rejecting a developer's plan to lower the proportion of such homes being built. It comes as he prepares to reveal his blueprint for tackling the capital's housing crisis, having called for London's stamp duty receipts to be funneled into City Hall's coffers to boost housebuilding. Sadiq Khan rejected a plan to lower the proportion of affordable homes in the plans for... [Click to read more]

 
Increasing the minimum wage to $15 can only pay off: Olive - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Even at my local Tim Hortons, which is operated by enlightened proprietors with superb people skills, about one-third of employees must work more than one job to make ends meet. From my conversations with the staff over the past decade, I’ve discovered that about half of the store’s approximately 40 employees are recent immigrants, seeking with their entry-level jobs to become financially self-sufficient. About half the workers are... [Click to read more]

 
Poor Ontario families getting poorer: new report - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The poorest families in Ontario are earning less than they were in 2000, while during the same period richer families have watched their income grow, according to a new economic report. The analysis by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) describes an increasingly "polarized" Ontario labour market that is shifting away from stable manufacturing jobs to more precarious service sector work and rewarding higher-earning families while punishing... [Click to read more]

 
How I became homeless: three people's stories - Thursday, August 31, 2017

The number of families affected by homelessness is expected to more than double in the next two decades, with a further 200,000 households affected by 2041, according to a report. Those sleeping rough will soar by fourfold to more than 40,000 in the same period, according to research by Heriot-Watt University, commissioned by Crisis, the homelessness charity. We asked people to share their experiences of homelessness. [Click to read more]

 
Youth homelessness - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Five years without a place to call home. “I’m just 18,” Justin Smith says from a park bench in Victoria Park where a large group of Peterborough’s marginalized gather daily and wait for a hot meal across the street at One Roof Community Diner. “There’s a lot of poverty around here,” Smith says looking around. “We are poor, and don’t have a lot of things which doesn’t help us at all.” Smith was kicked out... [Click to read more]

 
Almost 900 used homeless shelters in Sudbury last year - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A total of 872 people stayed in emergency shelters in 2016, says a report headed to the community services committee next week. That compares to 866 people in 2008, the first year the annual Report Card on Homelessness was released. “This number increased to over 1,000 per year between 2009 and 2012,” the report says. “There were 1,121 people on the waiting list for rent geared to income housing in 2008, compared to 1,082 on the waiting list in 2016. “In 2008 the average market rent... [Click to read more]

 
Chatham-Kent considering affordable housing options - Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is looking at ways to provide more affordable housing options to residents. But, community input is wanted before any final decisions are made. “It's definitely to try to address affordable housing,” Chatham-Kent's chief legal officer John Norton said. He said low-income residents have difficulty affording the rent on a house or an apartment. “Many people on disability pensions or perhaps on... [Click to read more]

 
London mayor targets developers over affordable housing obligations - Wednesday, August 23, 2017

London mayor Sadiq Khan is to crack down on developers reneging on their affordable housing obligations after an outcry over a successful move by the developers of Battersea Power Station to reduce their commitment. Mr Khan will ask London’s boroughs to consult with a central team of experts before approving such applications and will publish financial details of developments that fail to meet minimum affordable housing thresholds. The Labour mayor, elected in 2016, will also... [Click to read more]

 
Toronto activist Bonnie Briggs worked tirelessly against homelessness - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The woman who first suggested Toronto needs a standing memorial for homeless people who die on its streets will be honoured at the memorial this Tuesday, Aug. 8. Bonnie Briggs, a housing activist and poet who was 64, died suddenly Friday at her Parkdale home. Formerly homeless herself, Briggs was loved by people fighting homelessness and poverty in the city, who saw her and her husband Kerry Briggs join years of... [Click to read more]

 
'Homelessness is not a disease': living library offers stories from the streets - Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mike Kennedy has no fixed address. The 60-year-old from Fredericton, who has multiple sclerosis, spends many of his nights on a stranger's couch. Kennedy sat down inside the Fredericton Public Library to share his story as part of a living library on homelessness this week. A living library takes the stories of everyday people and allows them to be "checked out" by another person, much like a book. The borrower is then directed to the person with... [Click to read more]

 
Census: Median income in four of five Indigenous communities below poverty line - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Four out of every five Aboriginal reserves have median incomes that fall below the poverty line, according to income data from the 2016 census that provides insight into the depth of poverty facing Indigenous Peoples in Canada. A Canadian Press review of census figures for areas identified as Indigenous communities found about 81 per cent of reserves had median incomes below... [Click to read more]

 
Premier announces up to $6.9M for affordable housing - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Affordable housing units in Niagara will be seeing some green upgrades thanks to a provincial funding announcement made Thursday afternoon in Beamsville. Coincidentally standing on land that was recently proposed as a new mixed-use residential development, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the Niagara region would be receiving up to $6.9 million over the next five years to fund upgrades at social housing apartments... [Click to read more]

 
New rentals in Metro Vancouver a long time coming - Thursday, October 12, 2017

Any new housing development in Metro Vancouver functions as a Rorschach test. To wit, the grand opening of a new mixed-use apartment in downtown Cloverdale in Surrey, B.C. this week. On one hand, it's a new purpose-built rental building, meaning all 97 units in it will be explicitly for renters for decades to come. But there were nearly 2,000 applications for those 97 golden tickets. Some of those applications probably came from people living a couple kilometres away in Clayton Heights — where the City of Surrey has told... [Click to read more]

 
Affordable rental units getting scarce - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The excavators start digging on York Street Wednesday for downtown London’s newest highrise residential tower. But developer Tricar Group still has not decided whether the new 24 storey, 245-units building will be rental or condo. It’s one of the decisions that could become more crucial as London’s apartment rental market continues to tighten along with rest of the province. A provincial report released by... [Click to read more]

 
Homeless shelter demand rising in Ontario as facilities close - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

More people are accessing shelters in Ontario than they were five years ago, but with more facilities closing their doors the remaining shelters are overflowing. In 2016, the province had 310 shelters in operation, 30 less than in 2011, according to Statistics Canada. The closures amounted to the loss of an estimated 1,000 shelter beds — a sizable chunk of the now-existing 11,000 places. It is unknown what prompted the closures. With about... [Click to read more]

 
Homeless count finds housing affordability crisis driving numbers up - Thursday, October 5, 2017

Housing costs and a lack of income are driving up the numbers of Lower Mainland homeless, 22 per cent of whom were employed full or part-time, according to the latest count conducted by Metro Vancouver. The report issued Tuesday said the takeaway from this year's homeless count is the need for more affordable housing. About half of the people surveyed said housing costs and a lack of income were the... [Click to read more]

 
Youth homelessness advocate completes cross-country walk pushing a shopping cart - Wednesday, October 4, 2017

VANCOUVER — A man who lived on the streets of Vancouver as a teenager will push a shopping cart through the city's rough-and-tumble Downtown Eastside once again on Friday, but this time will mark the end of a cross-country journey to raise awareness about youth homelessness. Joe Roberts, 50, began his The Push For Change campaign in Newfoundland 17 months ago to visit schools and communities to discuss... [Click to read more]

 
Governments of Canada and Ontario Announce Funding for Affordable Rental Housing in Val Rita - Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The governments of Canada and Ontario are proud to partner to fund affordable rental housing for Indigenous residents in the northeastern Ontario Township of Val Rita-Harty. The development on De L'Église Avenue in Val Rita, spearheaded by Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (OAHS), will provide 10 new units of affordable rental housing. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development... [Click to read more]

 
Single mom homeless after subsidy shrinks, Manitoba Housing rent increases - Thursday, September 28, 2017

A single mother who got off social assistance and started working full-time was evicted from Manitoba Housing, in part because she was behind in her rent by $100. "I'm a struggling mom, so I would get behind [in rent] a little bit," said Kaslyn Kitt, 39. "But I was working my way out of housing, so to have it where I'm working my way up and out, to be kicked out before it happens -- I didn't know... [Click to read more]

 
Housing minister eyes possible cut to annual rent increases - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

B.C.’s housing minister is exploring lessening the annual rent hikes landlords are allowed to apply to tenants in the province. Selina Robinson said the current formula, which caps annual allowable rent increases to two per cent plus the rate of inflation, will be under review within her ministry as she tries to find ways to make life more affordable for renters. “I’m very curious about those numbers and how... [Click to read more]

 
Windsor's homeless population reaches 'crisis' levels, says aid agency - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Peter Turner feels like he's "blowing in the wind" as he bounces from couch to couch without a place to call his home. The 46-year-old, who battles mental health and addiction issues, has even spent a few grim nights sleeping on the street since he found himself homeless in March after falling out with a friend. "It was constantly moving, packing, living out of a suitcase, dragging the suitcase from place to place and just feeling like... [Click to read more]

 
1.2 million Canadian children living in poverty: census - Thursday, September 21, 2017

More than a million Canadian children are living in low-income households, according to census data. Census information released by Statistics Canada Wednesday shows that in 2015, nearly 1.2 million children across Canada were living in low-income households, representing about... [Click to read more]

 
Liberals to make housing a right in new homelessness strategy - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The federal Liberals' are sending signals that they are ready to make a right to housing part of its national housing strategy. The declaration appears largely aspirational in nature at this point, as sources with knowledge of the government's thinking said there won't be any legislated specifics tied to the promise - unlike the detailed benchmarks on other parts of the plan to measure progress. Government officials have told housing and homeless advocates to... [Click to read more]

 
Annual rent increase may be cut: BC housing minister - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

BC housing minister Selina Robinson is considering the possibility of altering the province-wide formula that sets the maximum amount landlords can increase rent by annually, the minister told media this week. The current formula, part of the Residential Tenancy Act, allows landlords to increase rent by two per cent plus inflation. With current inflation rates, the maximum rent increase would be four per cent in 2018. If next year's rent hike goes into effect, the average rent for... [Click to read more]

 
Abandoned NYC hospital to be redeveloped as affordable housing - Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hoping to bolster its stock of affordable housing, New York City last week issued an RFEI (Request for Expressions of Interest) to redevelop the long-abandoned Greenpoint Hospital in Brooklyn into 500 supportive and affordable apartments. The 146,100-square-foot complex includes three buildings and open land that have been sitting empty since 1983. “It makes no sense in a community desperate for affordable housing that that prime site has been sitting here... [Click to read more]

 
Edmonton housing agency triples density of affordable housing with no opposition - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

An Edmonton housing agency tripled the density of its affordable housing project without one resident turning up to oppose it at public hearing Monday. It’s a good sign for what city officials hope will become a template for new affordable housing across the city, eventually giving homes to the more than 5,000 families now on waiting lists. “We have dozens of other sites around the city with aging housing … where we could do this over and over again,” Mayor Don Iveson said of the... [Click to read more]

 
Struggle to find affordable housing an old story, but government action could write new chapter - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

An old adage says that the more things change the more they stay the same. The rental housing market in Winnipeg is a prime example of this idea, but that might change if current initiatives from Make Poverty History and the Right to Housing Coalition calling for renewed government involvement can help. The struggle to find affordable housing isn't new — in fact, you can see it's been happening for a very long time if you look back to Jane Austen's 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility, in which... [Click to read more]

 
Mayor of London steps up battle for affordable housing - Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Mayor of London has stepped up his battle for affordable housing in the capital, rejecting a developer's plan to lower the proportion of such homes being built. It comes as he prepares to reveal his blueprint for tackling the capital's housing crisis, having called for London's stamp duty receipts to be funneled into City Hall's coffers to boost housebuilding. Sadiq Khan rejected a plan to lower the proportion of affordable homes in the plans for... [Click to read more]

 
Increasing the minimum wage to $15 can only pay off: Olive - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Even at my local Tim Hortons, which is operated by enlightened proprietors with superb people skills, about one-third of employees must work more than one job to make ends meet. From my conversations with the staff over the past decade, I’ve discovered that about half of the store’s approximately 40 employees are recent immigrants, seeking with their entry-level jobs to become financially self-sufficient. About half the workers are... [Click to read more]

 
Poor Ontario families getting poorer: new report - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The poorest families in Ontario are earning less than they were in 2000, while during the same period richer families have watched their income grow, according to a new economic report. The analysis by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) describes an increasingly "polarized" Ontario labour market that is shifting away from stable manufacturing jobs to more precarious service sector work and rewarding higher-earning families while punishing... [Click to read more]

 
How I became homeless: three people's stories - Thursday, August 31, 2017

The number of families affected by homelessness is expected to more than double in the next two decades, with a further 200,000 households affected by 2041, according to a report. Those sleeping rough will soar by fourfold to more than 40,000 in the same period, according to research by Heriot-Watt University, commissioned by Crisis, the homelessness charity. We asked people to share their experiences of homelessness. [Click to read more]

 
Youth homelessness - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Five years without a place to call home. “I’m just 18,” Justin Smith says from a park bench in Victoria Park where a large group of Peterborough’s marginalized gather daily and wait for a hot meal across the street at One Roof Community Diner. “There’s a lot of poverty around here,” Smith says looking around. “We are poor, and don’t have a lot of things which doesn’t help us at all.” Smith was kicked out... [Click to read more]

 
Almost 900 used homeless shelters in Sudbury last year - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A total of 872 people stayed in emergency shelters in 2016, says a report headed to the community services committee next week. That compares to 866 people in 2008, the first year the annual Report Card on Homelessness was released. “This number increased to over 1,000 per year between 2009 and 2012,” the report says. “There were 1,121 people on the waiting list for rent geared to income housing in 2008, compared to 1,082 on the waiting list in 2016. “In 2008 the average market rent... [Click to read more]

 
Chatham-Kent considering affordable housing options - Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is looking at ways to provide more affordable housing options to residents. But, community input is wanted before any final decisions are made. “It's definitely to try to address affordable housing,” Chatham-Kent's chief legal officer John Norton said. He said low-income residents have difficulty affording the rent on a house or an apartment. “Many people on disability pensions or perhaps on... [Click to read more]

 
London mayor targets developers over affordable housing obligations - Wednesday, August 23, 2017

London mayor Sadiq Khan is to crack down on developers reneging on their affordable housing obligations after an outcry over a successful move by the developers of Battersea Power Station to reduce their commitment. Mr Khan will ask London’s boroughs to consult with a central team of experts before approving such applications and will publish financial details of developments that fail to meet minimum affordable housing thresholds. The Labour mayor, elected in 2016, will also... [Click to read more]

 
Toronto activist Bonnie Briggs worked tirelessly against homelessness - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The woman who first suggested Toronto needs a standing memorial for homeless people who die on its streets will be honoured at the memorial this Tuesday, Aug. 8. Bonnie Briggs, a housing activist and poet who was 64, died suddenly Friday at her Parkdale home. Formerly homeless herself, Briggs was loved by people fighting homelessness and poverty in the city, who saw her and her husband Kerry Briggs join years of... [Click to read more]