GOVERNMENT MUST INVEST IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING: NDP

Conservative inaction on social housing causing unacceptable setbacks

OTTAWA — The Conservative government should take advantage of National Housing Day today to announce a massive investment in affordable social housing, said New Democrat Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet and sponsor of Bill C-400 to create a National Housing Strategy, Marie-Claude Morin (Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot).

“For several years now, the government has abandoned its international commitments and passed off its responsibilities to housing and homelessness organizations,” said Boutin-Sweet at a press conference at the Ottawa Mission. “It’s time to reverse the trend.”

“Despite aging social housing units, the Conservatives are not investing enough in the renovation, improvement and upgrading of subsidized housing,” said Morin. “That’s unacceptable.”

The New Democrat MPs took advantage of National Housing Day to visit several organizations in the Ottawa area. The conclusions of this tour were far from positive: Conservative inaction on this issue is growing, the number of homeless people in the country continues to rise, and many disadvantaged families have to wait up to 10 years before accessing subsidized housing.

The expiry of agreements between the federal government, cooperatives and non-profit housing organizations will threaten thousands of seniors and Canadian households. “But the government has no plan,” said Boutin-Sweet. “What are the Conservatives waiting for to take the NDP’s lead and support our National Housing Strategy? Why not take advantage of National Housing Day to announce a massive investment in this sector

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