Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

June 07, 2007 15:05 ET

National Co-Op Housing Meeting Looks at Ways to Solve Shortage of Affordable Housing

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 7, 2007) - More than 700 representatives from housing co-operatives across Canada will be gathering in the Winnipeg Convention Centre June 7 - 9 to look at ways of building more affordable housing.

Delegates to the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada's (http://www.chfcanada.coop/) annual meeting will be debating and voting on resolutions aimed at meeting the housing needs of the almost 4 million Canadians living in core housing need. A definition of "core housing need" is where a household lives in housing that needs major repairs, lacks adequate bathroom facilities, is overcrowded or costs 30 percent or more of the household's income.

"Those of us who live in housing co-ops know what a difference having a safe, affordable home has made for our families," said CHF Canada President Ken Elliott. "But I know that many other Canadians are still looking for a decent home that they can afford."

"Poor families have to choose between paying rent and buying food. Young people are "couch surfing" at their friends' homes or living on the streets. The shortage of affordable housing affects the working poor, immigrants, Aboriginal people, both on and off-reserve, seniors, people with disabilities, and many others."

There has been a small increase in the number of affordable co-op units in recent years, as new housing co-ops are built and existing co-ops add new units, using housing funds from various sources. But, without an ongoing commitment from levels of government to address the affordable housing problem, the number of homeless people continues to grow.

Housing co-ops are also looking at ways to maintain the affordability and security of the existing co-operative housing supply in the country, after agreements with government end.

They are also taking action at this meeting, raising funds to help the homeless through the Ladybug Foundation (http://www.ladybugfoundation.ca/). Delegates will hear Hannah Taylor speak on Saturday, June 9 at the Winnipeg convention centre.

CHF Canada is a national federation representing 900 housing co-operatives across Canada. More than 2,200 non-profit housing co-ops are home to a quarter of a million people in 92,000 households. In Manitoba, there are 47 co-operatives and over 3,000 units of co-op housing.

Contact Information

  • Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada
    Merrilee Robson
    Program Manager, Communications and Government Relations
    (604) 512-2696 (cell) or (204) 957-4356 messages
    Email: mrobson@chfcanada.coop