News - Housing

October 5, 2008
Last month the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCPA) surveyed the hotels in the Downtown Eastside and found 486 privately owned empty housing units. They did not count the many empty government-...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
September 20, 2008
After more then twenty-five years the New York City municipal government has finally decided to settle a lawsuit filed by the Legal Aid Society to draw attention to homeless families. The lawsuit...
Keywords: Family, Homelessness, Housing, United States
September 8, 2008
The Prairie Metropolis Centre which is dedicated to research on immigration, integration and diversity has recently produced a report, The Housing Circumstances of Recently Arrived Refugees: The...
Keywords: Housing, Immigrants and Refugees, Manitoba
August 13, 2008
During a press conference in Beijing, BC Premier Gordon Campbell was asked by international journalists about homelessness, addiction, poverty and protest during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Gordon...
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
August 10, 2008
According to a report, One World, Whose Dream? Housing Rights Violations and the Beijing Olympic Games (in PDF), released by the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, 1.5 million people have been...
Keywords: Housing, Human Rights, International
July 13, 2008
The Ontario Human Rights Commission has released a report, Right at home: Report on the consultation on human rights and rental housing in Ontario (in PDF) that focuses on housing as a human right,...
Keywords: Housing, Human Rights, Ontario
May 21, 2008
Thanks to lobbying by anti-poverty advocates and activists, the Ontario government has invested $5 million dollars into rent banks to help renters who are facing eviction stay in their homes ("...
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, Ontario
April 21, 2008
PIVOT Legal Society, the Carnegie Community Action Project, and the Impact of the Olympics on Community Coalition have launched a complaint to the UN about the living conditions of residents in...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Human Rights, British Columbia
February 26, 2008
Activists stood on various street corners in different areas of Vancouver to protest the provincial and federal governments' lack of initiative toward housing and homelessness. Watch a video about...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
January 24, 2008
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has called for a national action plan to end homelessness and deliver affordable housing. Read more in a CBC article, "$3.35B needed each year for housing...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, All of Canada
November 29, 2007
The Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC) and the Canadian Peace Alliance (CPA) have launched a Housing Not War campaign to demand that funding the federal government has directed towards war and...
Keywords: Government Policy, Housing, Ontario, All of Canada
November 14, 2007
The City of Toronto released a draft 10-year housing strategy called Housing Opportunities Toronto (HOT) on which outlines a plan is to create 209,000 new and renovated affordable homes over the next...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Ontario
November 14, 2007
In follow up to his recent visit to Canada, the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Miloon Kothari, has released a press release that calls for Canada to take immediate action to tackle the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Indigenous, All of Canada
October 30, 2007
Yesterday, BC Housing Minister Rick Coleman announced the non-profit organizations that will be running the ten single-room occupancy hotels that the province bought last spring (Read the News...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
October 23, 2007
Yesterday, Miloon Kothari, the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing of the United Nations Human Rights Council presented his preliminary findings on adequate housing in Canada. Mr. Kothari visited...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, All of Canada
October 15, 2007
As Miloon Kothari, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Right to adequate Housing, does his fact-finding mission to Canada from October 9 to 22, the Wellesley Institute has released a...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, All of Canada
October 15, 2007
After a number of previous rallies demanding social housing, the Citywide Housing Coalition and members of Victoria's anti-poverty community went on a treasure hunt for the Province's missing $250...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
August 10, 2007
As the Olympics approaches, the need for the government to tackle homelessness becomes greater and greater. The current housing boom, driven by the market, neglects low income people, who do not...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
August 7, 2007
In July, women in the Downtown Eastside challenged Vancouver City council members to a House Swap. In a (Link removed - No longer exists) letter, the Power to Women group challenged the councillors...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Women, British Columbia
August 1, 2007
Last week, Rich Coleman, the BC Minister for Housing, announced in a Vancouver Sun article ("B.C. targets homeless with Riverview Project") that he planned to turn the old psychiatric institution,...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Mental Health, British Columbia
June 26, 2007
A joint draft response (in PDF) released today by the City of Vancouver's Housing Centre recommends that council and other levels of government immediately endorse the recommendations set out in...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
June 5, 2007
On Sunday June 3rd, hundreds of women, trans people and their allies marched through the streets of Toronto to a vacant building. Four Women Against Poverty Collective members had already entered the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Women, Ontario
April 6, 2007
The BC Government has announced that the province plans to build 996 affordable housing units. The province is purchasing ten Single Room Occupancy Hotels in Vancouver and one in Victoria, as well as...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
April 5, 2007
Nunavut Residential Tenancies Act (in PDF)
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, Nunavut
March 28, 2007
In the last couple of months Vancouver has seen a lot of protest against the social and financial costs related to the Olympic Games (see No2010 and 2010Watch). Last week the PIVOT Legal Society and...
Keywords: Housing, British Columbia
February 25, 2007
The BC government called their recently announced 2007 Budget the housing budget but many critics including the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives are asking where's the housing? Some highlights...
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
February 18, 2007
The government of Alberta has created a Alberta Affordable Housing Task Force to look at solutions to homelessness and rent subsidies. The task force is going to travel across the province and visit...
Keywords: Alberta, Homelessness, Housing
February 17, 2007
According to research done by the PIVOT Legal Society (Link removed - No longer exists) and the Carnegie Community Action Project, one in five open lodging house rooms in Vancouver have been sold or...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, British Columbia
January 7, 2007
In November, women who use the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (DEWC) asked the centre to be remain open after regular hours and act as a shelter for homeless women. With the help of volunteers, the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Indigenous, Organizing, Women, British Columbia
January 6, 2007
Vancouver mayor, Sam Sullivan, has launched the Project Civil City (Link removed - No longer exists) to address "public disorder." According to the mayor the goals of the project are to eliminate...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Panhandling, Poorbashing, British Columbia
January 6, 2007
Government officials in Victora traditionally host a New Year's Levee when the public are invited into the main government building for food and beverages. For the past nine years, poor people and...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, British Columbia
November 18, 2006
The Anti-Poverty Committee and their supporters have launched a housing campaign to force all levels of government to deal with the growing homelessness crisis in Vancouver. Over the past month, APC...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, British Columbia
November 15, 2006
On the National Day to End Homelessness, the Victoria Ad Hoc Committee to End Homelessness and the Community Solidarity Coalition helped support a squat in an abandoned building in downtown Victoria...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, British Columbia
October 9, 2006
The Save Low Income Housing Coalition (SLIHC) is a coalition working to save low-income housing units in the Greater Vancouver Area and to raise the rates of shelter allowance for income assistance...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, British Columbia
September 5, 2006
Not only is Canada's federal government failing in its obligations to ensure that Canadians have access to the human right to adequate housing, according to a decision of the UN Committee on Economic...
Keywords: Housing, Human Rights, All of Canada
July 14, 2006
Many families are moving to Calgary to take part in the city's economic boom. However, although many of these people could be easily employed, they cannot find anywhere to live. The city wasn't...
Keywords: Alberta, Housing
July 7, 2006
A women's activist group in Regina has been trying to get a transition housing shelter for women established. The director of this group says that although Regina does have some battered women's...
Keywords: Housing, Women, Saskatchewan
July 5, 2006
Articles on how Canada's Defense budget may impact housing, the Toronto annual Street Count and Housing and International Human rights are some of the topics in the Cathy Crowe's July 2006 newsletter...
Keywords: Housing, Organizing, All of Canada
July 5, 2006
The Housing Again Bulletin is a monthly electronic bulletin highlight what people are doing to put housing back on the public agenda. Archived copies are also available online.
Keywords: Housing, All of Canada
June 13, 2006
(Editor's note, June 2010: Link removed due to changes in organization. This organization is no longer active.) The National Coalition on Housing and Homelessness believes it is time for the federal...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, All of Canada