CHRA Applauds Social and Affordable Housing Announcements in Budget 2017
The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association today applauded the announcements related to social and affordable housing announced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau in the 2017 federal Budget. The initiatives announced in Budget 2017 closely mirror the recommendations put forth by CHRA in its submission to the 2016 National Housing Strategy consultation.
Among the key measures in the 2017 Budget include:
The government stated that more details regarding these investments will be announced as part of the National Housing Strategy, to be unveiled later in 2017.
“Today’s budget contains welcome announcements in reshaping the policy tools available to the social, non-profit and affordable housing sector,“ stated Stephan Corriveau, President of CHRA. “However, as Operating Agreements are already expiring, and existing social housing capacity is put at risk, we hope the federal government will accelerate its investments in social housing in the years ahead. In addition, the needs of urban and rural Indigenous providers are great, and therefore we call on the government to take bolder action in this area. But overall, today is a positive step forward ”, he added.
“CHRA is very pleased that the federal government adopted many of CHRA’s specific recommendations, including a Sector Transformation Fund, funding for urban Indigenous housing, increasing the Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative, and creating a new housing research body. CHRA looks forward to working with Minister Duclos and the federal government over the coming year to flesh out these and other details related to the National Housing Strategy , particularly with regard to improving the urban and rural Indigenous housing component,” added Jeff Morrison, Executive Director of CHRA.
For more information, please contact:
Jeff Morrison, Executive Director
(613) 594-3007, x11 (office)
(613) 291-9377 (cell)
CHRA’s members include housing providers, municipalities, businesses, all 13 provincial and territorial housing departments, service and support agencies, individuals, students and other housing-related associations and networks.