Close the Housing Gap Campaign Press Release

September 13, 2015

Campaign presses Toronto federal candidates

 to support new housing investment

Federal candidates in Toronto are being asked by the City's Close the Housing Gap campaign to urge the federal government step up, not back, when it comes to investing in social, affordable and co-op housing. 

"Given the need for greater funding, people deserve to know where candidates stand on the crucial issues of social housing repairs, new affordable housing and sustaining co-op housing," said campaign Co-Chair and Toronto Housing Advocate Councillor Ana Bailão. "We are looking for commitments for when they arrive in Ottawa to take action and provide concrete solutions to Toronto's housing crisis."

"Toronto Community Housing, with the City's support, is making progress in repairing the homes of thousands of people, but much is left to be done," said campaign Co-Chair Bud Purves, Chair, Toronto Community Housing." Our residents need the federal government to invest $864 million over 10 years, just as the City has done."

The campaign sent questionnaires to Conservative, Green, Liberal and New Democrat candidates in each of Toronto's 25 ridings on Sept. 10th. They have been asked to respond by September 30th to the following questions:

1/ Do you support a one-third federal investment of $864 million over 10 years for capital repairs to Toronto Community Housing buildings?

2/ Do you support reinvesting funding from expiring federal operating agreements back into social housing to ensure resources are available to undertake capital repairs and provide affordable rents/housing subsidies?

3/ Do you support the development of a fully-funded, long-term federal housing strategy?

Responses will be published in early October and made available to campaign partners and on the campaign website: www.putpeoplefirst.ca

In addition, the Executive Committee and City Council will consider at their September meetings a motion adopted at the recent Affordable Housing Committee that City Council urge the federal candidates from the four major parties to speak up and commit to action on housing issues affecting the City.

Media contacts:

Councillor Ana Bailão: Robert Cerjanec, 416-338-5274, rcerjan@toronto.ca

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