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Everyone Needs A Good Place to Call Home


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This presentation outlines the reasons why it is important for everyone to be properly housed.

Michael Shapcott, Director of Housing and Innovation
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Everyone Needs A Good Place to Call Home

  1. 1. Everyone needs a good place to call homeCommunity housing forum Matthew Kellway, MP, May 24, 2012Michael Shapcott; Director, Housing and Innovation; The Wellesley Institute
  2. 2. Mosthousing needsinvisible
  3. 3. TO affordable housing wait list 821385000# 08 8 e 20 si nc80000# 2 3% Up75000#70000# 63 79165000#60000# 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 December 2011: 82,138 households on wait list; 280 housed - 24 year wait
  4. 4. Bad housing makes you sick! Homelessness: Increased morbidity Increased premature morality Contextual: Individual / neighbourhood deprivation networks / friends / crime Biological / physical: Chemicals, gases, pollutants Socio-economic: Design (accidents) / crowding Affordability / energyTransportation / income / jobs Mental health: Alarming rates... especially Clinical depression and anxiety Control / meaning Collective efficacy
  5. 5. Good housing good for health! Physical and mental health: Better health outcomes / decreased health care utilization Environment / physical infrastructure: New housing, repairs, heating, noise, indoor + outdoor environmental issues, allergens, water + sanitation Community safety: Reduced recidivism among people leaving incarceration Affordability interventions: Income-based housing subsidies
  6. 6. “After 20 years of continuous decline, both inequality andpoverty rates have increased rapidly in the past 10 years, now reaching levels above the OECD average.” OECD (2008), Growing Unequal? : Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries
  7. 7. ‘Social spending in Canada relies more on public services (education, housing, health, etc.) than on cash transfers, such as unemployment and family benefits.’ OECD, 2011
  8. 8. Ongoing erosion of federal housing investments(Federal housing investments as a percentage of GDP) 1.20% 1.10% 1.00% 0.90% 0.80% 0.70% 0.60% 0.50% 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Follow the money...
  9. 9. 2011 federal spending estimates 2010 2011 Change Assisted $1.722b $1.628b 5% cut housing On-reserve $215m $156m 27% cut Repair $674m $37m 94% cut AHI $452m $16m 97% cut Overall $3.131b $1.907b 39% cut ‘Scheduled termination’
  10. 10. Looking ahead -more federal cuts
  11. 11. GenuineCanadianhero John Peters Humphreys
  12. 12. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Article 111. The States Parties to the present Covenantrecognize the right of everyone to an adequatestandard of living for himself and his family,including adequate food, clothing and housing, andto the continuous improvement of living conditions.The States Parties will take appropriate steps toensure the realization of this right, recognizing tothis effect the essential importance of internationalco-operation based on free consent.
  13. 13. UN Special Rapporteur, 2009 “Canada has a long and proud history of housing successes, and has been known around the world for its innovative housing solutions. The Special Rapporteur visited and received information about programmes, laws and policies that represent good practices... Canada can also rely on a tremendous range of academic and civil society resources.” !“There has been a significant erosion of housing rights over the past two decades. Canada’s successful social housing programme, which created more than half amillion homes starting in 1973, has been discontinued.
  14. 14. Canada officially accepted UPR recommendations on housing and homelessness“Canada accepts recommendations 47 and 48. Canada isworking to improve housing choice and affordability.Governments are making substantial investments in housingthrough programs targeting affordability, housing renovation,homelessness and support for existing social housing units.Addressing Aboriginal housing issues on reserve remains apriority. Canada provides support through programs targetingthe construction of new housing units, the renovation of existinghousing stock, and subsidies for existing rental housing. Since2006, new funding for Aboriginal people has been dedicated toresolving challenges of poverty and housing.”
  15. 15. www.wellesleyinstitute.comThank you!