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HOMELESSNESS: CANADA’S HIDDEN PROBLEM

Posted by strattof on October 14, 2010

CANADA’S HOUSING CRISIS: FACTS AND FIGURES

3 million:  Number of Canadians who live in inadequate dwellings or face unaffordable shelter costs

150,000–300,000: Number of Canadians who are homeless–living on the street, in abandoned buildings, or in other out of the way locations

450,000–900,000: Number of hidden homeless people across the country

HIDDEN HOMELESSNESS

Most of us don’t see the 75% of homeless Canadians who live in cars, sleep on couches or floors of family or friends, or find temporary beds in church basements, empty buildings, shelters, rooming houses, or hotels.  The hidden homeless include: ●single men ●single mothers ●seniors on fixed incomes ●Aboriginal and immigrant families ●adults with poorly paying jobs ●women fleeing abuse ●young people who cannot get a foothold in the job market ●individuals with mental health issues ●those struggling to overcome addiction. The hidden homeless could be a relative or a friend. They could be you or me. A recent Salvation Army survey reported one in five Saskatchewan adults having come close to or actually experiencing homelessness at some time in their life.

HOMELESSNESS IS UNHEALTHY AND COSTLY

  • People’s ability to find and afford good quality housing is crucial to their overall health and well-being, and is a telling index of the state of a country’s social infrastructure. According to Dr. David Butler-Jones, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, “Shelter is a basic need for optimal health. Inadequate housing can result in numerous negative health outcomes, ranging from respiratory disease and asthma due to moulds and poor ventilation, to mental health impacts associated with overcrowding.”
  • The costs of homelessness affect us all. A report from the Canadian Senate estimates that Canadians are spending about $1 billion a year in taxes to deal with the homelessness crisis.

 RED TENT CAMPAIGN TO END HOMELESSNESS

Our Making Peace Vigil supports the Red Tent campaign to end homelessness and create affordable housing for all Canadians. Red Tent has designated this coming Tuesday, October 19, as the Canada Day of Action on Housing.

Red Tent is a national campaign that uses red tents as a symbol to draw attention to Canada’s housing crisis and mobilize people to pressure governments to take action on homelessness.  See http://www.redtents.org/ for more information.  

 

SUPPORT BILL C-304

Bill C-304 is an Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible, and affordable housing for Canadians. A private member’s bill, it was introduced into the House of Commons in 2009 by Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East.

(To find out more about Bill C-304, go to www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3660878&Language=e&Mode=1&File=33)

Take action to end homelessness by showing your support for Bill C-304. The House will soon vote on the Bill. Sign and send the petition on the other side of this leaflet and encourage your Member of Parliament to support Bill C-304. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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