News - Housing

June 7, 2016
Last week the Carnegie Community Action Project released their report card on how the city of Vancouver measured up in tackling the housing crisis in 2015. The result is mostly F's with a few D's.
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
June 26, 2015
Yesterday the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a Charter challenge holding governments responsible for the crisis in affordable housing and homelessness will never be heard in Canadian courts....
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, All of Canada
January 22, 2015
The Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS), an anti-poverty advocacy organization in Victoria, has filed a petition for judicial review challenging a decision by the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB...
Keywords: Housing, Legal Assistance, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
October 20, 2014
Tenants from Vancouver’s SROs gathered on October 19 for an SRO Tenants’ Convention at the Japanese Hall in the DTES. With an aim to equip tenants with the skills to tackle issues ranging from...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
September 3, 2014
This map from the Wellesley Institute includes information about housing initiatives across Canada, including resources for seniors, Indigenous communities and women.
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, All of Canada
August 20, 2014
What would happen if housing were enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Yutaka Dirks gives an inside account of the radical new fight to end homelessness in an article in This...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Ontario, All of Canada
August 5, 2014
An interesting article posted on the Carnegie Community Action Project blog. In “Challenging the rhetoric of stigmatization: the benefits of concentrated poverty in Toronto’s Regent Park”, Martine...
Keywords: Housing, Poverty Research, All of Canada
July 23, 2014
Being poor can make you sick. Where you work, the air you breathe, the state of your housing, what you eat, your levels of stress and your vulnerability to crime, injury and discrimination all affect...
Keywords: Health, Housing, United States
July 14, 2014
A recent study conducted by the Housing Justice Project indicates that among other issues, renters in Metro Vancouver struggle with housing affordability and instability. With major community...
Keywords: Housing, British Columbia
July 9, 2014
Whitehorse residents and community leaders gathered in the rain Friday to express their disapproval of the government’s decision to scrap an affordable housing program in the city. About 40 people...
Keywords: Government Policy, Housing, Yukon
June 27, 2014
When the management of a block of luxury flats in London, England, felt they had an issue with homeless people sleeping on the doorstep, their solution was apparently to install a set of spikes. In...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
May 26, 2014
A Charter challenge case in Ontario alleges that the federal and provincial governments violate the rights of homeless people by failing to implement policies that would eventually eliminate...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Ontario
May 9, 2014
The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) has just announced that Canada Without Poverty’s (CWP) Executive Director, Leilani Farha, has been appointed UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing....
Keywords: Housing, Human Rights, All of Canada, International
April 24, 2014
West Coast LEAF has proposed an amendment to BC's Residential Tenancy Act (the RTA) to ensure that victims of violence are able to end their fixed-term tenancies without penalty in order to escape...
Keywords: Housing, Violence, Women, British Columbia
April 24, 2014
A concerning trend called 'renoviction' is occurring everywhere in the province, from the Downtown Eastside to more rural towns such as Terrace and Kitimat. Renoviction occurs when landlords (legal)...
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
March 31, 2014
The province is refusing to pick up the bill once federal subsidy contracts for low-income residents living in housing co-ops end, but the Co-operative Housing Federation of British Columbia (CHF BC...
Keywords: Housing, British Columbia
March 25, 2014
The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses today released their first pan Canadian annual survey SHELTER VOICES on the state of emergency shelters in Canada. The survey shows...
Keywords: Housing, Women, All of Canada
March 25, 2014
A home designed to keep people off drugs and out of jail is about to close its doors as federal funding is set to expire on March 31. The transitional home is a spot where people going through...
Keywords: Health, Housing, Manitoba
March 11, 2014
A recent B.C. study has found that a program that provides alcohol to chronic, homeless alcoholics reduces emergency hospital visits and arrests, likely saving taxpayer dollars in the long run. The...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Poverty Research, British Columbia
March 7, 2014
The TTC’s overnight bus and streetcar service should be free for everyone during extreme cold weather alerts, says a Toronto councillor. Josh Colle, who is a TTC commissioner, brought a motion...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Ontario
March 3, 2014
This year’s Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) hotel and housing report found that SROs in the DTES are more expensive than ever and that fewer still are available to low-income individuals...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
February 18, 2014
Gasps swept through the packed auditorium as Abbotsford city council rejected a supportive housing project for homeless men after a tie vote on Monday night. Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman cast the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
February 17, 2014
Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) has released its 2013 Hotel and Housing report. This year’s hotel and housing report found that Single Room Occupancy hotel rooms (SROs) in the Downtown...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
February 11, 2014
The massive funding cuts and erosion of national housing programs in the 1990s continues to fuel a Canada-wide crisis in affordable and adequate housing. That’s the policy finding in the housing...
Keywords: Housing, All of Canada
February 7, 2014
After helping to dodge a date with the wrecking ball, supporters of a historic Downtown Eastside building are ramping up fundraising to save and restore it. The 122-year-old Ming Sun building at 439...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Housing, Organizing, British Columbia
February 6, 2014
In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015. How did Utah accomplish this? Simple. Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, United States
January 23, 2014
The federal government is cutting its subsidies for housing co-ops, leaving those dependent on the extra funds wondering how they’ll keep a roof over their heads. Nicholas Gazzard, the executive...
Keywords: Government Policy, Housing, All of Canada
January 10, 2014
Tenant organizer Yutaka Dirks writes that through organizing "tenants can win increased legal protections from eviction, funding for new social housing, and, eventually, the full control of their own...
Keywords: Housing, Organizing, Tenants' Rights, All of Canada
July 11, 2013
The Employment and Income Assistance Advocates Network in Winnipeg has launched a contest to show how people on welfare struggle to find safe and affordable housing. The EIA Advocates Network hopes...
Keywords: Housing, Manitoba
April 17, 2013
The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), as well as people with lived experience of homelessness, advocacy organizations and community groups from across the country have formed the Right to...
Keywords: Housing, All of Canada
November 13, 2012
According to an article in The Mainlander, most of the few remaining rights and affordable housing that tenants have in British Columbia were earned by working class activists and renters in the...
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
July 19, 2012
Acorn Canada, a community organization made up low and middle income families, is seeking a meeting with Minister Rich Coleman. They have written a letter outlining steps they are asking the Minister...
Keywords: Family, Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, Seniors and Elders, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
April 17, 2012
Four levels of human rights protections may be used to promote and enforce housing rights in Canada - provincial human rights codes, the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Canadian Charter of Rights and...
Keywords: Housing, Human Rights, Ontario, All of Canada
March 16, 2012
With housing prices at record levels, a University of British Columbia-led study finds that new Canadians are struggling to find adequate and affordable housing in the country’s three largest cities...
Keywords: Housing, Immigrants and Refugees, British Columbia, All of Canada
March 6, 2012
The Carnegie Community Action Project has created a map that shows the increase of property values and businesses that exclude low income people, and the decrease in the number of low cost housing...
Keywords: Housing, Poverty Research, British Columbia
November 15, 2011
As Occupy encampments around the world are being violently evicted, residents of a six month old tent city in Whitehorse have moved a couple of meters in response to an eviction notice. Since June,...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Yukon
October 25, 2011
Smithers Interior News reported recently on an increase in users of the Broadway Place homeless shelter in Smithers. Although Smithers' efforts to provide housing for the homeless were praised by...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
October 25, 2011
Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre has a new fact sheet available: “Can my landlord turn off my heat?” View all of TRAC's factsheets here.
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
October 20, 2011
From Pivot: "“Whose problem is it?” It seems that is the eternal question in the debate about Canada’s housing crisis. The federal government maintains that housing is the purview of the provinces....
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
October 17, 2011
Since 1993, today has been recognized by the United Nations, and its members around the world, as International day for the eradication of poverty 2011. Today, October 17, 2011, the United Nations...
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, Human Rights, Unemployment, Welfare, Women, Workers' Rights, International