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It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins
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It's Time to Bring Canadians in from the Margins

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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 …

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

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