CMHC policy hurts families: NDP

The Sudbury Star, Page: A3

A decision by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to abandon commitments to social housing is forcing two Sudbury families out of their homes, the NDP's housing critic said in a statement.

"This is just one example of a pattern of non-renewal of these agreements all over Canada," Marjolaine Boutin- Sweet (Hochelaga) said.

"Not only have Conservatives disregarded social housing demands, they're allowing existing units to disappear -- these two units are simply gone."

In 2009, about 620,000 households were supported by $1.7 billion in federal funding under ongoing agreements. Since then, more than $100 million in funding has been lost. As many as 200,000 housing units will be lost unless the federal government agrees to renew the soon-to-expire operating agreement, the NDP said.

"This CMHC decision means that these two families can no longer afford their rent and are essentially being forced to move," said Sudbury MP Glenn Thibeault. "It's disheartening to see this kind of federal disengagement from communities in Sudbury, and all over Canada."