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9:30am to 12:00pm / 1:00pm to 4:30pm

   

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Winter is not a surprise and neither is homelessness - Thursday, January 18, 2018

It’s Canada. It’s winter. And unsurprisingly we find ourselves in a multi-day cold snap. For most of us it’s not that big a deal. Our outdoor New Year’s Eve celebrations get cancelled, we snuggle a little deeper into our sweaters and we turn up the thermostat. When we have to leave the house or work we bundle into warm jackets and minimize our time outside. Unfortunately the homeless in our community do not have... [Click to read more]

 
Cold snap highlights need to tackle larger issue of homelessness in Toronto, activists warn - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

With record-breaking frigid temperatures gripping Toronto, the manager of a non-profit community based agency believes it will take more than people freezing to death for city officials to fix the problem of homelessness once and for all. Even as Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning for Toronto on Thursday and temperatures dropped to -23 C early Friday, breaking the decades-old record low of -20.6 set in 1959, Joyce Rankin, a manager at the Street Health Community Nursing Foundation clinic... [Click to read more]

 
Multiple affordable housing projects to be announced in Kamloops in coming months - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

 KAMLOOPS — Kamloops can expect a number of affordable housing announcements in the coming months. Mayor Ken Christian says City Council is actively working on a multi-pronged approach to bringing more affordable housing to the city, and reducing homelessness. "Over the next months, we will have a number of projects that we're working with. I think the first announcement is January 16 that we hope to have the minister here to make some announcements because this is... [Click to read more]

 
Comment: Don’t forget the poor in affordable-housing debate - Thursday, January 11, 2018

About 20 to 40 years ago, there was a commitment by the government to build some subsidized housing units every year, with rent geared to income. Housing was for seniors, families, singles and people with disabilities. Both federal and provincial commitments were made. That housing was subsidized for 40 to 60 years to ensure that there was a supply of truly affordable housing for the long term for people with either very low or fixed incomes. These units provided a valuable part of the social safety net and... [Click to read more]

 
Tiny houses could be next affordable housing wave in Edmonton - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

We’ve seen monster homes. We’ve seen skinny homes. It looks like tiny homes could be next. Coun. Andrew Knack is among the advocates for this newest form of affordable housing in Edmonton. “It’s a huge gap, a huge opportunity for seniors and more affordable housing (for anyone),” said Knack, who plans to introduce a motion to include tiny homes in the next ... [Click to read more]

 
Quebec to offer basic income for 84,000 people unable to work - Thursday, December 28, 2017

Quebecers who have a severely limited capacity to work will gradually be able to access a guaranteed minimum income beginning next year, Premier Philippe Couillard's government announced Sunday. The measure is part of a $3-billion action plan to fight poverty and promote "economic inclusion," but falls short of offering a basic income for all Quebecers, a demand of many anti-poverty groups. An estimated 84,000 Quebecers would qualify for... [Click to read more]

 
New pilot project aims to get homeless out of the cold - Wednesday, December 27, 2017

For the past 10 years Gary and Melody Macsemchuk have operated Grace Place, a street outreach ministry where they provide food, clothes and assistance to those in need. But they’ve known there are needs that extend beyond their daytime hours. In October, Grace Place began a six-month Out of the Cold pilot project, a 10-bed overnight shelter for people who would otherwise be left to fend for themselves on frigid winter nights. “Being open during... [Click to read more]

 
Affordable housing options squeezed - Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Despite having some of the least expensive real estate across major Canadian cities, Winnipeg is experiencing an increase in the number of residents living in houses they can’t afford. New data released on Tuesday by Peg, an organization which studies local issues related to public health and safety, noted the number of Winnipeggers in what they call the "core housing need" increased to 12.1 per cent last year from 10.3 per cent in 2010. Peg defines "core housing need" as... [Click to read more]

 
Housing group decries rental laws as Côte-des-Neiges tenants face eviction - Thursday, December 21, 2017

Mike Lafortune still has visions of his mother walking down the hallway in his Côte-des-Neiges apartment. Lafortune, a 53-year-old mechanic, has been living in the apartment since he was 10 years old. His parents, a train conductor and a stay-at-home mom for most of his childhood, signed a $162 lease in 1975. To make it feel more welcoming, they repainted the walls and put in new carpeting. Lafortune’s father died in 1999. Before his mother... [Click to read more]

 
Airdrie food bank use has 'skyrocketed' - Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Staff at the Airdrie Food Bank say they have seen a record number of people accessing their food hamper program in recent weeks. The food bank gave out a record 265 food hampers to people in the Airdrie area in November, and executive director Lori McRitchie says they're on pace to match that demand in December. "Our use has skyrocketed, which is very unusual because we were seeing a leveling and thought a recovery is happening," she said. "But now things are... [Click to read more]

 
Drug addiction and homelessness an 'epidemic' in Windsor - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Drug addicts from Toronto, London and Chatham are relocating to Windsor, and that’s causing a problem for mental health and addiction agencies whose resources are already stretched thin, a senior police officer said Tuesday. “As a community I think we’ve been in shock this last year because all of a sudden we’ve woken up and we have all these individuals here who are in crisis,” Windsor police Insp. Tammy Fryer said. Crystal meth, fentanyl, opioids and even heroin are... [Click to read more]

 
Young Ontario photographer captures hardship of homelessness - Thursday, December 14, 2017

Standing outside the Bayside Mission in Barrie, Leah Denbok shivers as she sets up her camera gear along the sidewall. The 17-year-old and her dad, Tim Denbok, hang a black square of material securing it to the wall with duct tape. It might be an odd location for a photo shoot for some, but not for Leah. “It’s really cool to see someone closed off and reserved open up and become friendly,” she said. With the launch of... [Click to read more]

 
Child poverty up in Canada since 1989, new research finds - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Nearly one in five, or 17.4 per cent, of children in Canada were living in poverty in 2015, according to the latest annual report by Campaign 2000, an anti-poverty coalition. That share is down from levels seen in 2000 (22.3 per cent) but up compared to 1989, when less than 16 per cent of children were living in families below the low-income line. But the ratio remains... [Click to read more]

 
Rentals a key focus of Vancouver's new housing strategy - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

While the buying, selling, and owning of Vancouver real estate has traditionally received greater attention, much of the city’s new 10-year housing strategy focuses on renting. Tenant protection measures in the new strategy, which council adopted Wednesday, were welcomed by housing advocates who say while renters make up slightly more than half of Vancouver households, they had previously been marginalized in conversations about the city’s housing crisis. “This strategy offers... [Click to read more]

 
Province to rebate development charges for rental housing - Thursday, December 7, 2017

The provincial government has announced it will rebate up to $125 million in development charges over five years for purpose-built rental housing. The aim is to encourage more construction and bring more fairness to the rental market. The rebate will be targeted at municipalities with low vacancy rates or high percentages of tenants where affordable rentals are hard to find. The province says... [Click to read more]

 
6 ideas to create more affordable housing in Hamilton - Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The share of Hamilton households in "core housing" need rose to 13 per cent in 2016 from 11 per cent in 2011. That number, released as part of the 2016 Census, means 36,810 households in Hamilton live in housing that costs more than 30 per cent of their income, doesn't have enough bedrooms for the number of people in the household and/or requires major repairs. That core housing need and affordability concerns were the focus of a National Housing Day event in... [Click to read more]

 
Ultra-low rental vacancy rates highlight 'desperate' struggle to find affordable housing - Tuesday, December 5, 2017

People paying a mortgage in Canada's major cities aren't the only ones feeling the heat from hot housing markets: many renters are struggling as well. Data released yesterday by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation shows the national average cost of rent is up and the national vacancy rate has plummeted. That's forcing some renters in cities with ultra-low vacancy rates to consider whether the payoffs of living in a big city are worth the cost, both financially and... [Click to read more]

 
Toronto child poverty divided along racial lines - Thursday, November 23, 2017

Child poverty rate in Toronto is twice as high in racialized families according to a new study based on the 2016 census. Toronto remains the child poverty capital of Canada with more than one in four kids living in low-income families, says a new report based on the 2016 census. But even more troubling is the racial divide among the region’s poor children, according to the report being released Wednesday by a coalition of social agencies serving vulnerable families. Children from racialized families — or families of people of colour — are more than... [Click to read more]

 
Ageing homeless population set to soar as property prices bite - Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Not long ago, Henry Wilson, 73, could count his worldly possessions on both hands. He was sleeping rough at Sydney’s Central Station. With him, he had just a sleeping bag, shoes, joggers, socks, pants and a jacket. Wilson didn’t drink. He didn’t gamble. He was simply forced to leave a toxic living environment, and was rendered homeless by Sydney’s stratospheric property prices. Wilson spent... [Click to read more]

 
Editor's View: Community solution needed for homelessness - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Flin Flon’s low-income and homeless population could be the community’s future. Last week, several local landlords gathered over coffee around a table at the Friendship Centre to discuss the challenges they face. The challenges, it seems, often relate to transient and low-income tenants, resulting in rent often being overdue, and properties being left damaged. Some of these tenants simply never learned what it means to be a ‘good tenant’. Some of them have a reputation that precedes them. Challenging or not, many of these tenants are... [Click to read more]

 
Women seeking support from homeless services outnumber men for first time - Tuesday, January 3, 2017

More women than men are seeking homeless support for the first time, with the rise in those escaping domestic or family violence driving a 21% increase in women at risk of homelessness since 2012. New figures released on Thursday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reveal that the archetypal homeless person is no longer a man sleeping rough but a young woman aged 25-34, often with a child, and, increasingly, escaping violence. About 60% of those who asked for support from service providers in 2016-17 were women, the majority of them... [Click to read more]

 
Residents to camp out to raise money for youth homelessness - Monday, January 2, 2017

Katherine McParland went through 28 different foster homes before she turned 19 when she aged out of the foster care system. When she left foster care, she was homeless. "It was the first snowfall and I was living on the streets along the river bank and it was very cold," McParland said. After scouring Kijiji for an affordable place to live, she found a small suite downtown. She met the landlord and moved in soon after. But going from living on the streets... [Click to read more]

 
Winter is not a surprise and neither is homelessness - Thursday, January 18, 2018

It’s Canada. It’s winter. And unsurprisingly we find ourselves in a multi-day cold snap. For most of us it’s not that big a deal. Our outdoor New Year’s Eve celebrations get cancelled, we snuggle a little deeper into our sweaters and we turn up the thermostat. When we have to leave the house or work we bundle into warm jackets and minimize our time outside. Unfortunately the homeless in our community do not have... [Click to read more]

 
Cold snap highlights need to tackle larger issue of homelessness in Toronto, activists warn - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

With record-breaking frigid temperatures gripping Toronto, the manager of a non-profit community based agency believes it will take more than people freezing to death for city officials to fix the problem of homelessness once and for all. Even as Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning for Toronto on Thursday and temperatures dropped to -23 C early Friday, breaking the decades-old record low of -20.6 set in 1959, Joyce Rankin, a manager at the Street Health Community Nursing Foundation clinic... [Click to read more]

 
Multiple affordable housing projects to be announced in Kamloops in coming months - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

 KAMLOOPS — Kamloops can expect a number of affordable housing announcements in the coming months. Mayor Ken Christian says City Council is actively working on a multi-pronged approach to bringing more affordable housing to the city, and reducing homelessness. "Over the next months, we will have a number of projects that we're working with. I think the first announcement is January 16 that we hope to have the minister here to make some announcements because this is... [Click to read more]

 
Comment: Don’t forget the poor in affordable-housing debate - Thursday, January 11, 2018

About 20 to 40 years ago, there was a commitment by the government to build some subsidized housing units every year, with rent geared to income. Housing was for seniors, families, singles and people with disabilities. Both federal and provincial commitments were made. That housing was subsidized for 40 to 60 years to ensure that there was a supply of truly affordable housing for the long term for people with either very low or fixed incomes. These units provided a valuable part of the social safety net and... [Click to read more]

 
Tiny houses could be next affordable housing wave in Edmonton - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

We’ve seen monster homes. We’ve seen skinny homes. It looks like tiny homes could be next. Coun. Andrew Knack is among the advocates for this newest form of affordable housing in Edmonton. “It’s a huge gap, a huge opportunity for seniors and more affordable housing (for anyone),” said Knack, who plans to introduce a motion to include tiny homes in the next ... [Click to read more]

 
Quebec to offer basic income for 84,000 people unable to work - Thursday, December 28, 2017

Quebecers who have a severely limited capacity to work will gradually be able to access a guaranteed minimum income beginning next year, Premier Philippe Couillard's government announced Sunday. The measure is part of a $3-billion action plan to fight poverty and promote "economic inclusion," but falls short of offering a basic income for all Quebecers, a demand of many anti-poverty groups. An estimated 84,000 Quebecers would qualify for... [Click to read more]

 
New pilot project aims to get homeless out of the cold - Wednesday, December 27, 2017

For the past 10 years Gary and Melody Macsemchuk have operated Grace Place, a street outreach ministry where they provide food, clothes and assistance to those in need. But they’ve known there are needs that extend beyond their daytime hours. In October, Grace Place began a six-month Out of the Cold pilot project, a 10-bed overnight shelter for people who would otherwise be left to fend for themselves on frigid winter nights. “Being open during... [Click to read more]

 
Affordable housing options squeezed - Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Despite having some of the least expensive real estate across major Canadian cities, Winnipeg is experiencing an increase in the number of residents living in houses they can’t afford. New data released on Tuesday by Peg, an organization which studies local issues related to public health and safety, noted the number of Winnipeggers in what they call the "core housing need" increased to 12.1 per cent last year from 10.3 per cent in 2010. Peg defines "core housing need" as... [Click to read more]

 
Housing group decries rental laws as Côte-des-Neiges tenants face eviction - Thursday, December 21, 2017

Mike Lafortune still has visions of his mother walking down the hallway in his Côte-des-Neiges apartment. Lafortune, a 53-year-old mechanic, has been living in the apartment since he was 10 years old. His parents, a train conductor and a stay-at-home mom for most of his childhood, signed a $162 lease in 1975. To make it feel more welcoming, they repainted the walls and put in new carpeting. Lafortune’s father died in 1999. Before his mother... [Click to read more]

 
Airdrie food bank use has 'skyrocketed' - Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Staff at the Airdrie Food Bank say they have seen a record number of people accessing their food hamper program in recent weeks. The food bank gave out a record 265 food hampers to people in the Airdrie area in November, and executive director Lori McRitchie says they're on pace to match that demand in December. "Our use has skyrocketed, which is very unusual because we were seeing a leveling and thought a recovery is happening," she said. "But now things are... [Click to read more]

 
Drug addiction and homelessness an 'epidemic' in Windsor - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Drug addicts from Toronto, London and Chatham are relocating to Windsor, and that’s causing a problem for mental health and addiction agencies whose resources are already stretched thin, a senior police officer said Tuesday. “As a community I think we’ve been in shock this last year because all of a sudden we’ve woken up and we have all these individuals here who are in crisis,” Windsor police Insp. Tammy Fryer said. Crystal meth, fentanyl, opioids and even heroin are... [Click to read more]

 
Young Ontario photographer captures hardship of homelessness - Thursday, December 14, 2017

Standing outside the Bayside Mission in Barrie, Leah Denbok shivers as she sets up her camera gear along the sidewall. The 17-year-old and her dad, Tim Denbok, hang a black square of material securing it to the wall with duct tape. It might be an odd location for a photo shoot for some, but not for Leah. “It’s really cool to see someone closed off and reserved open up and become friendly,” she said. With the launch of... [Click to read more]

 
Child poverty up in Canada since 1989, new research finds - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Nearly one in five, or 17.4 per cent, of children in Canada were living in poverty in 2015, according to the latest annual report by Campaign 2000, an anti-poverty coalition. That share is down from levels seen in 2000 (22.3 per cent) but up compared to 1989, when less than 16 per cent of children were living in families below the low-income line. But the ratio remains... [Click to read more]

 
Rentals a key focus of Vancouver's new housing strategy - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

While the buying, selling, and owning of Vancouver real estate has traditionally received greater attention, much of the city’s new 10-year housing strategy focuses on renting. Tenant protection measures in the new strategy, which council adopted Wednesday, were welcomed by housing advocates who say while renters make up slightly more than half of Vancouver households, they had previously been marginalized in conversations about the city’s housing crisis. “This strategy offers... [Click to read more]

 
Province to rebate development charges for rental housing - Thursday, December 7, 2017

The provincial government has announced it will rebate up to $125 million in development charges over five years for purpose-built rental housing. The aim is to encourage more construction and bring more fairness to the rental market. The rebate will be targeted at municipalities with low vacancy rates or high percentages of tenants where affordable rentals are hard to find. The province says... [Click to read more]

 
6 ideas to create more affordable housing in Hamilton - Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The share of Hamilton households in "core housing" need rose to 13 per cent in 2016 from 11 per cent in 2011. That number, released as part of the 2016 Census, means 36,810 households in Hamilton live in housing that costs more than 30 per cent of their income, doesn't have enough bedrooms for the number of people in the household and/or requires major repairs. That core housing need and affordability concerns were the focus of a National Housing Day event in... [Click to read more]

 
Ultra-low rental vacancy rates highlight 'desperate' struggle to find affordable housing - Tuesday, December 5, 2017

People paying a mortgage in Canada's major cities aren't the only ones feeling the heat from hot housing markets: many renters are struggling as well. Data released yesterday by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation shows the national average cost of rent is up and the national vacancy rate has plummeted. That's forcing some renters in cities with ultra-low vacancy rates to consider whether the payoffs of living in a big city are worth the cost, both financially and... [Click to read more]

 
Toronto child poverty divided along racial lines - Thursday, November 23, 2017

Child poverty rate in Toronto is twice as high in racialized families according to a new study based on the 2016 census. Toronto remains the child poverty capital of Canada with more than one in four kids living in low-income families, says a new report based on the 2016 census. But even more troubling is the racial divide among the region’s poor children, according to the report being released Wednesday by a coalition of social agencies serving vulnerable families. Children from racialized families — or families of people of colour — are more than... [Click to read more]

 
Ageing homeless population set to soar as property prices bite - Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Not long ago, Henry Wilson, 73, could count his worldly possessions on both hands. He was sleeping rough at Sydney’s Central Station. With him, he had just a sleeping bag, shoes, joggers, socks, pants and a jacket. Wilson didn’t drink. He didn’t gamble. He was simply forced to leave a toxic living environment, and was rendered homeless by Sydney’s stratospheric property prices. Wilson spent... [Click to read more]

 
Editor's View: Community solution needed for homelessness - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Flin Flon’s low-income and homeless population could be the community’s future. Last week, several local landlords gathered over coffee around a table at the Friendship Centre to discuss the challenges they face. The challenges, it seems, often relate to transient and low-income tenants, resulting in rent often being overdue, and properties being left damaged. Some of these tenants simply never learned what it means to be a ‘good tenant’. Some of them have a reputation that precedes them. Challenging or not, many of these tenants are... [Click to read more]

 
Women seeking support from homeless services outnumber men for first time - Tuesday, January 3, 2017

More women than men are seeking homeless support for the first time, with the rise in those escaping domestic or family violence driving a 21% increase in women at risk of homelessness since 2012. New figures released on Thursday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reveal that the archetypal homeless person is no longer a man sleeping rough but a young woman aged 25-34, often with a child, and, increasingly, escaping violence. About 60% of those who asked for support from service providers in 2016-17 were women, the majority of them... [Click to read more]

 
Residents to camp out to raise money for youth homelessness - Monday, January 2, 2017

Katherine McParland went through 28 different foster homes before she turned 19 when she aged out of the foster care system. When she left foster care, she was homeless. "It was the first snowfall and I was living on the streets along the river bank and it was very cold," McParland said. After scouring Kijiji for an affordable place to live, she found a small suite downtown. She met the landlord and moved in soon after. But going from living on the streets... [Click to read more]