MARJOLAINE BOUTIN-SWEET JOINS FRAPRU IN PRESENTING SOCIAL HOUSING PETITION
May 15th, 2012 - 1:49pm
This arrogant government is going ahead without discussing with those most affected by these cuts: MP
MONTRÉAL — Official Opposition Housing Critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) was with the Front d’action populaire en réaménagement urbain (FRAPRU) to present the results of an important petition campaign calling on the federal government to maintain funding to social housing.
“The Conservatives budgetary policies attack years of work to improve the lives of many low-income families,” said Boutin-Sweet. “This arrogant government is going ahead without even discussing with those most affected by the cuts.”
The federal government plans to gradually phase out funding that provides social housing for low-income households. Soon, nearly $1.7 billion per year in public funds will no longer be used to assist under-housed people. “This will cause housing prices to soar and become unsustainable for many families. Many will have to leave, but to go where?,” demanded the MP.
The NDP tabled a bill to establish a national housing strategy. This bill would help offset the increase in housing prices by making it more available. “What we want to establish are incentives to build more social housing,” explained Boutin-Sweet. “We also want to ensure that everyone has access to a roof over their head, especially those who are more likely to be denied one. It would be a step in the right direction for affordable housing and eliminating homelessness.”
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