“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat” ~ Mother Teresa
One in eight Canadian households live in housing that is either unaffordable, in disrepair, or crowded. In large cities such as Toronto, and amongst particular populations such as Aboriginal Peoples and recent immigrants, this ratio is even higher.
Affordability is being threatened as the costs of housing increase faster than many incomes. As well, few new private affordable rental buildings are being built due to market constraints. This is forcing an increasing number of people to stretch their budgets in order to pay higher rents in buildings of decreasing quality. A new generation of affordable housing units is required.
Wellesley Institute and Upstream have partnered to take a closer look at the health impacts of the policies that Canada’s national parties are putting forth. This edition looked at how access to housing impacts health and how the party platforms lineup.
Article By Homeless Hub & Wellesley Institute & Upstream: Institute for a Healthy Society