IT'S TIME for everyone to have an affordable, safe place to live.
Why It Matters:
- Communities are strong when everyone has a place to live.
- Housing is a basic need that has an impact on quality of life and affects people’s ability to secure employment, be involved in their community, and build better lives.
- All other needs depend on having safe and affordable housing.
We Believe That:
- Ottawa residents shouldn’t have to choose between paying for housing and buying food and medicine.
- Children deserve to have a stable home, giving them the opportunity to succeed in school and life.
- Every Ottawa resident deserves to have a safe, decent place to live so that they can build better lives.
But the Reality Is Troubling:
- In Ottawa Over 10,000 households are on the social housing waiting list, with a wait time up to 5 years.
- The average length of stay in an Ottawa shelter is 77 days in 2014.
- Individuals with mental health challenges are more likely to have inadequate housing or risk homelessness, meanwhile poor mental health can be worsened by not having adequate housing.
Questions to Ask:
- What will you do to increase the supply of affordable rental housing across the country?
- Moving forward, will you commit to retain current levels of annual investment - $1.7 billion - in order to sustain and create new affordable housing?
- Will you support a National Housing Strategy with federal funding that recognizes the right to adequate housing?