It’s time to bring Canadians in from the margins<br />A Wellesley Institute webinar with <br />Senator Art Eggleton<br />J...
<ul><li>Introductionby Michael Shapcott, Wellesley Institute
Welcome byRick Blickstead, Wellesley Institute
In from the Margins, A conversation with Senator Art Eggleton
What Happens Next?</li></ul>Parliament: Where is the Report Now?<br />Community: What Can We Do Next?<br /><ul><li> Questi...
<ul><li>Questions
Type them in the chat box (bottom right)
We will answer what we can and address any others after the webinar</li></ul>Technical concerns<br /><ul><li>Our team is s...
The Wellesley Institute advances urban health through rigorous research, pragmatic policy solutions, social innovation, an...
“We have seen homelessness and poverty become increasingly worse as Canada has become increasingly richer.”<br />Bruce Por...
<ul><li>Interaction of personal and systemic factors
Feedback Loop: </li></ul>Aboriginal people, single parents (usually women), people with disabilities, and immigrants most ...
“It costs $48,000 a year to leave someone on the street. It costs $28,000 a year to house them. That argument has been aro...
The “policy orphan” – avoided by federal government and private sector<br />Cost of homelessness – national price tag is u...
Let’s evaluate a few promising practices, starting with the big ones<br />Before we get started, let’s do a quick poll  us...
Federal funding for new housing<br />Launched in 2001<br />Renewed for 5 years in 2008<br />But…<br />No long-term commitm...
Increase funding</li></ul>Recommended<br />10<br />
Federal funding for housing repairs<br />Renewed for 5 years in 2008<br />But…<br />RRAP needs to be secure<br />Residenti...
Increase funding</li></ul>Recommended<br />January 15, 2010<br />11<br />
Communities create local plans that are then funded by federal government<br />Renewed for 5 years in 2008<br />But…<br />...
Federal funding (2006) for housing<br />$800 million for affordable housing<br />$300 million for Northern housing<br />$3...
Create accountability</li></ul>Recommended<br />January 15, 2010<br />13<br />
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This presentation discusses "In from the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness", a report from the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology that offers 72 practical recommendations to “go beyond the ‘path dependency’ paralysis that has typified federal and provincial policy under governments of all affiliations for decades.”

Senator Art Eggleton
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    1. 1. It’s time to bring Canadians in from the margins<br />A Wellesley Institute webinar with <br />Senator Art Eggleton<br />January 15, 2010<br />The Hon. Art Eggleton, P.C.<br />Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology<br />
    2. 2. <ul><li>Introductionby Michael Shapcott, Wellesley Institute
    3. 3. Welcome byRick Blickstead, Wellesley Institute
    4. 4. In from the Margins, A conversation with Senator Art Eggleton
    5. 5. What Happens Next?</li></ul>Parliament: Where is the Report Now?<br />Community: What Can We Do Next?<br /><ul><li> Questions and comments</li></ul>January 15, 2010<br />Our agenda<br />2<br />
    6. 6. <ul><li>Questions
    7. 7. Type them in the chat box (bottom right)
    8. 8. We will answer what we can and address any others after the webinar</li></ul>Technical concerns<br /><ul><li>Our team is standing by…</li></ul>Pop-up polls – throughout the webinar<br />Additional resources <br />January 15, 2010<br />Introduction<br />3<br />
    9. 9. The Wellesley Institute advances urban health through rigorous research, pragmatic policy solutions, social innovation, and community action.<br />
    10. 10. “We have seen homelessness and poverty become increasingly worse as Canada has become increasingly richer.”<br />Bruce Porter, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation<br />Even when people get all possible income and social supports, they are still in poverty<br />At their worst, existing policies and programs trap people in poverty <br />Poverty, housing, homelessness <br />January 15, 2010<br />5<br />
    11. 11. <ul><li>Interaction of personal and systemic factors
    12. 12. Feedback Loop: </li></ul>Aboriginal people, single parents (usually women), people with disabilities, and immigrants most affected<br />Poverty: Complex issue<br />January 15, 2010<br />6<br />
    13. 13. “It costs $48,000 a year to leave someone on the street. It costs $28,000 a year to house them. That argument has been around a long time. It does not seem to make any difference.”<br />Kim Kerr, Executive Director, Downtown Eastside Residents Association<br />Health-care , policing, education costs<br />Diminished economic and social progress<br />But…<br />It’s not just about spending more, it’s about spending smarter<br />Poverty: Costly issue<br />January 15, 2010<br />7<br />
    14. 14. The “policy orphan” – avoided by federal government and private sector<br />Cost of homelessness – national price tag is up to $6 billion a year <br />Income poverty – having a good job is no longer guarantees a good home<br />Focus on Housing<br />January 15, 2010<br />8<br />
    15. 15. Let’s evaluate a few promising practices, starting with the big ones<br />Before we get started, let’s do a quick poll using the poll buttons (on the right)<br />January 15, 2010<br />How is Canada doing?<br />9<br />
    16. 16. Federal funding for new housing<br />Launched in 2001<br />Renewed for 5 years in 2008<br />But…<br />No long-term commitment<br />The rules keep changing<br />January 15, 2010<br />Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI)<br /><ul><li>Make it permanent
    17. 17. Increase funding</li></ul>Recommended<br />10<br />
    18. 18. Federal funding for housing repairs<br />Renewed for 5 years in 2008<br />But…<br />RRAP needs to be secure<br />Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP)<br /><ul><li>Make it permanent
    19. 19. Increase funding</li></ul>Recommended<br />January 15, 2010<br />11<br />
    20. 20. Communities create local plans that are then funded by federal government<br />Renewed for 5 years in 2008<br />But…<br />Limited to 61 communities across Canada<br />National Homelessness Initiative (NHI)<br /><ul><li>Sustain NHI until a comprehensive federal strategy is developed</li></ul>Recommended<br />January 15, 2010<br />12<br />
    21. 21. Federal funding (2006) for housing<br />$800 million for affordable housing<br />$300 million for Northern housing<br />$300 million for Aboriginal housing<br />But…<br />Lack of evaluation<br />No long-term commitment<br />Housing trust funds<br /><ul><li>Expand and sustain the funds
    22. 22. Create accountability</li></ul>Recommended<br />January 15, 2010<br />13<br />
    23. 23. Federal subsidies paid to tenants or landlords<br />But…<br />Federal funding has been dramatically reduced<br />Housing allowances<br /><ul><li>Use rent supplements to provide fast access
    24. 24. Include portable housing allowances</li></ul>Recommended<br />January 15, 2010<br />14<br />
    25. 25. Provides surplus federal lands for housing <br />But…<br />Lengthy and bureaucratic process<br />Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative (SFRPHI)<br /><ul><li>Make SFRPHI a priority of the Canada Lands Corporation
    26. 26. Expedite process</li></ul>Recommended<br />January 15, 2010<br />15<br />
    27. 27. Federal funding for urban Aboriginal peoples<br />Introduced in 1998<br />Successful in helping Aboriginal peoples<br />But…<br />Housing is not a priority in the mandate<br />Urban Aboriginal Strategy<br /><ul><li>Greater investment and collaboration
    28. 28. Subsidies to off-reserve non-profit Aboriginal housing providers
    29. 29. Create an Aboriginal working group</li></ul>Recommended<br />January 15, 2010<br />16<br />
    30. 30. <ul><li>Current taxation policy does not encourage development of social housing projects on a large scale</li></ul>Taxation policy<br /><ul><li>New White Paper on tax measures for construction of affordable rental housing, including the donation of funds, lands or buildings</li></ul>Recommended<br />January 15, 2010<br />17<br />
    31. 31. <ul><li>Canada does not yet have coherent, national approach to housing and homelessness
    32. 32. Current federal programs are</li></ul>Insufficient<br />Inadequate<br />Without any long-term commitment<br />No coherent national policy<br />January 15, 2010<br />18<br />
    33. 33. WANTED<br />National housing and homelessness strategy<br />January 15, 2010<br />
    34. 34. Released in December 2009<br />Debate in Senate delayed to early March<br />Adoption is expected because the committee is bi-partisan (assuming no election)<br />Government will have 150 days to respond<br />Parliament is suspended!Where is the Report now?<br />January 15, 2010<br />20<br />
    35. 35. Thanks for joining us, but let’s get focused on what we can do<br />Join Michael Shapcott on the Wellesley blog<br />What’s next for us?<br /><ul><li>Get Presentation Notes
    36. 36. Use the Recommendation Guide to the Report
    37. 37. Join the Housing e-Map
    38. 38. Tell us the issues that are most crucial in your community</li></ul>January 15, 2010<br />21<br />
    39. 39. Questions and Comments<br />January 15, 2010<br />
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