Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October 19 - November 1, 2013

EVENTS

National Conference on Ending Homelessness
The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
October 28 - 30, 2013, Ottawa

MNPHA Affordable Housing Conference
 Manitoba Non-Profit Housing Association
November 21 - 22, Winnipeg

MANITOBA

Manitoba's social safety net is riddled with holes
Winnipeg Free Press, October 29, 2013
Three Winnipeggers on what its like to live on a fixed income.

Cities to gain new tool for creating affordable housing
Rabble.ca, October 25, 2013
Bill 7, The Planning Amendment and City of Winnipeg Charter Amendment Act (Affordable Housing) will provide local governments, and particularly the City of Winnipeg, a further tool to ensure new residential developments meet the need of all citizens through inclusionary zoning.

CANADA

National Conference to End Homelessness Join Municipal Call to Fix Canada’s Housing Crunch 
Federation of Canadian Municipalities, October 30, 2013
The 640 delegates attending Canada's first National Conference to End Homelessness voted today to endorse the FCM campaign "Fixing Canada's Housing Crunch"

Saskatoon eyes housing first model to curb homelessness 
CJME 980, October 31, 2013
United Way director returns from national homelessness conference in Vancouver

Housing activists move into mayoral candidates’ offices
Montreal Gazette, October 30, 2013
Protesting against ‘development strategy of luxury condos over social housing’

Foundation Commits $10 Million To Help Homeless Youth In Canada
The Home Depot Canada Foundation (News Release), October 29, 2013
Foundation launches white paper and pledges $10 million, three-year commitment to support renovation and repair projects, life skill programs, research and collaboration with experts.

No affordable housing on the waterfront, says Rob Ford 
CBC News, October 29, 2013
"The location to me is ridiculous — you don't use prime property for affordable housing," said Ford on the suggestion that low-income property be available near the waterfront.

Toronto joins national campaign: Fixing Canada's Housing Crunch
Yonge Street Media, October 29, 2013
There's a reason for all this attention: municipalities in Ontario, and across the country, are increasingly recognizing that there's a serious problem. Within the next five years, the annual federal subsidies which distribute $1.7 billion annually for social housing programs, are set to expire.

Homelessness In Decline, Candice Bergen Says
Canadian Press, October 29, 2013
Cities across the country are seeing their homeless populations shrink thanks to efforts by the federal government and its partners to provide permanent housing to those languishing on the streets, says Canada's social development minister.

The Disaster That Really Needs Emergency Response Teams
Op-Ed, Tim Richter  President & CEO, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
When natural disasters strike our communities, we leap into action. But we don't do that for homelessness. Homelessness is slow motion crisis, a drip feed of misery and pain, inflicted on the poor and disabled who suffer in silence and remain largely invisible within their communities. It's a man-made and unnatural disaster that is entirely preventable and curable.

Conservatives praised for efforts to help homeless
CTV News, October 29, 2013
The Conservative government is getting high marks from a non-profit group that fights homelessness."The policy shift that the federal government announced in its budget this year is going to radically overhaul Canada's response to homelessness," Tim Richter, head of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, said Monday.

Why we should listen to the Vancouver mayor’s message about homelessness 
The Globe and Mail, October 28, 2013
Vancouver’s challenges with the homeless – the legions who suffer from addiction and untreated mental illness and roam its downtown streets – have been well-documented. So, can other Canadian cities – along with provincial and federal governments – learn from their experiences, good and bad?

Municipalities Call for Federal Leadership on Long-Term, National Housing Strategy
AMO (News Release) October 28, 2013
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) joined municipal voices across Canada in calling on the federal government to develop a long-term plan for housing that will address rising costs, the scarcity of rental housing and the need for sustained federal funds for affordable housing. 

Calgary, Edmonton housing affordability better than Canadian average
Calgary Herald, October 18, 2013
A new housing market report by TD Economics shows Calgary and Edmonton residential real estate is among the most affordable in the country.

INTERNATIONAL

U.K.: The charity that houses homeless people in shipping containers
The Guardian, October 24, 2013
The concept sounds ghastly until you know the difference it can make, says Brighton Housing Trust's chief executive.

China: Xi urges better housing security 
Xinhua News, October 31, 2013
Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed the need to accelerate the country's housing security and supply to guarantee people's basic residential needs.

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