News - Housing

September 19, 2011
In its fifth year, the large turnout for the annual DTES Women's Housing March shows that the movement pushing for better access to safe and affordable housing for women in the neighbourhood, is not...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Indigenous, Tenants' Rights, Violence, Women, British Columbia
September 8, 2011
Recently, Mark Horvath, the blogger/filmmaker behind invisiblepeople.tv, visited Toronto to document the lives of its homeless residents. Mark usually resides in Los Angeles, but he left California...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, Ontario, All of Canada, International
August 29, 2011
A coalition of community groups in Toronto has created a website to highlight the issue of housing in the upcoming Ontario provincial election and put pressure on political groups to address it....
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, Ontario
August 22, 2011
The City of Vancouver has struggled to force the owners of two Vancouver Single Room Occupancy hotels to clean up their properties and fix the multitude of reported problems. Recently the situation...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Legal Aid, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
August 11, 2011
The Tyee is running a series on housing issues in Vancouver. The fourth part of this series, by Jackie Wong, was published today and examines the Residential Tenancy Branch arbitration process....
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
August 10, 2011
The City of Vancouver has taken its complaints about the landlords of two Downtown Eastside rooming houses to court. Staff and councillors referred to the owners as slum lords and described problems...
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
August 10, 2011
Downtown Eastside Women's Centre has a extended their night shelter service, and anticipates BC Housing will soon be accepting tenders to run a 24-hour women's shelter in the Downtown Eastside. The...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Women, British Columbia
June 17, 2011
The Statistics Canada data on the number of Albertans whose income falls below the Market Basket Measure of low income was released June 15th, 2011. The Edmonton Social Planning Council news release...
Keywords: Alberta, Housing, Poverty Research, Workers' Rights
June 15, 2011
In early 2010, the John Howard Society of Toronto commissioned a cost benefit study and analysis of Transitional Housing and supports (THS) for two types of ex-prisoners moving to the community from...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Ontario
June 7, 2011
In this video, an Income Assistance client in Victoria BC finds her rent increased. A hidden video camera records her struggling with a government worker over the resulting impact on her benefits.
Keywords: Government Policy, Housing, Welfare, British Columbia
April 20, 2011
The Vancouver City Council has approved a plan to increase building heights in the Chinatown sub-district of the Downtown Eastside (DTES). The “Historic Area Heights Review” (HAHR) plan increases...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
November 30, 2010
Yesterday, the Ontario government released its long delayed affordable housing strategy. The strategy does lay out some regulation changes including simplifying the rent-geared-to-income calculation...
Keywords: Government Policy, Housing, Ontario
November 18, 2010
Nova Scotia's Auditor General has found problems with government services for persons with disabilities, provincial rental housing programs and government registries.
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, Housing, Nova Scotia
September 30, 2010
From the Carnegie Community Action Project Only 6 out of 42 rooms at the American Hotel will rent for $400 a month (for 10 years). Remaining rooms will rent for whatever the owner can get – possibly...
Keywords: Housing, British Columbia
September 22, 2010
A new study by the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) says that seniors on basic pensions and people on welfare can only afford 12% of the privately owned SRO hotel rooms in the Downtown...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
September 14, 2010
Despite many recent announcements from the provincial government (over 100 housing-related news releases in the last year), BC continues to face a serious lack of affordable housing. CCPA and SPARC...
Keywords: Government Policy, Housing, British Columbia
August 24, 2010
The At Home/Chez Soi project is a three year national project based on the Housing First approach. A total of 2285 homeless people living with a mental illness will participate. 1,325 people from...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Mental Health, All of Canada
August 19, 2010
Precarious Housing in Canada (2010) is a new research and policy report from the Wellesley Institute. Using the most comprehensive and current data, research and analysis, Precarious Housing sets out...
Keywords: Housing, Poverty Research, Ontario
August 13, 2010
The social housing units at the Olympic village are still empty while many residents of the market housing have already moved in. This is just the most recent problem with the promised social housing...
Keywords: Housing, British Columbia
July 22, 2010
Stephen Gaetz talks about the Alberta government's new plan to discourage people from giving money to panhandlers and give to agencies instead. He argues that "this kind of thinking represents policy...
Keywords: Alberta, Housing, Mental Health, Panhandling, Poorbashing, Welfare, All of Canada
March 26, 2010
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
March 10, 2010
The UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, has written a report that shows the impact of “mega-events” in the realization of the right to adequate housing. She says, “I am...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, International
February 26, 2010
Over the last month thousands of activists and various organizations and campaigns have called for an end to homelessness and a increase in social housing. The Red Tent Campaign handed out hundreds...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
February 11, 2010
Renovated Golden Crown Hotel must allow kicked out tenant to move back in.
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
February 2, 2010
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
February 2, 2010
A coalition of housing activists are handing out red tents on the streets of Vancouver to pressure the federal government to create a housing strategy. The Red Tent Campaign plans to hand out over...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
November 16, 2009
The Housing Network of Ontario has released a report on community consultations for a Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy in Ontario. This report consolidates recommendations made by many hundreds...
Keywords: Housing, Ontario
November 10, 2009
Vancouver's oldest social housing complex, Little Mountain is now being demolished. Little Mountain was built in the early 1950's to house the families of homeless and underhoused veterns. In 2008,...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
September 10, 2009
As Vancouver comes closer to hosting the Olympics, more residents of Vancouver are becoming victims of Olympic-related evictions. Last week the residents of a Downtown Eastside hotel were given...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
June 19, 2009
In October 2008, the BC Supreme Court struck down Victoria's bylaw banning people from erecting tents or other structures in city parks. The judge ruled that due to the lack of housing and shelter,...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Human Rights, British Columbia
April 13, 2009
A story in the New York Times investigates how about a dozen advocacy groups around the country are actively moving homeless people into vacant homes, sometimes moving them back into their homes that...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, United States
April 7, 2009
Thousands of people marched to demand government action on affordable housing and homelessness in Vancouver and across BC on Saturday. The march was organized by the Citywide Housing Coalition, a...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, British Columbia
March 30, 2009
In February, the Victoria Times Colonist published a seven part series about the Indigenous housing crisis on the West Coast. The series exposed the poorly constructed houses, overcrowding, mold and...
Keywords: Housing, Indigenous, British Columbia
March 25, 2009
TRAC Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre is an educational charity that provides information about residential tenancy law in BC. They have a newly redesigned website that has information and...
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
March 21, 2009
The Saskatchewan government has released the 2009-2010 Budget and unlike many other provinces is predicting economic growth and a surplus. Included in the budget is $12.5 million to adjust shelter...
Keywords: Government Policy, Housing, Saskatchewan
February 1, 2009
On January 30th, the BC provincial government announced that they were investing enough money to purchase or lease fifteen new properties to create and protect social housing across the province. The...
Keywords: Housing, British Columbia
January 18, 2009
PIVOT Legal Society and the Carnegie Community Action Project and other housing advocacy groups in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside are calling on the provincial Residential Tenancy Branch to impose...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
December 18, 2008
More than 50 pieces of art created by professional artists and community members, including ex-residents are on exhibit on the boarded up windows of the Little Mountain Housing complex. The Little...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
December 2, 2008
A Miami activist organization, Take Back the Land, has started moving in homeless individuals and families into empty foreclosed homes. Take Back the Land asserts: "that it is immoral to maintain...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, United States
November 23, 2008
A report released to the CBC adds to the concerns over Nunuvut's housing stock by claiming that there will a $155 million dollar funding shortfall for social housing in thirty years. According to the...
Keywords: Housing, Nunavut