In every major city in Canada it is hard to avoid the shocking reality of homelessness even though we live in one of the richest countries in the world. Homeless people on the streets are only the tip of the housing crisis iceberg. Many more poor people are forced to couch surf or live in inadequate housing.
You can help to do something about Canada’s affordable housing crisis by sending a message now to your Member of Parliament asking him/her to vote yes on Bill C-304, the National Housing Strategy Act.
Bill C-304, an Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing, is a private member’s bill introduced by Libby Davies, NDP MP for the riding of Vancouver East.
The bill calls for a national housing strategy to ensure that the cost of housing in Canada does not prevent individuals and families from meeting other basic needs, including food, clothing and access to education. The bill also calls on the government to provide temporary emergency housing and shelter in the event of disasters and crises.
Bill C-304 is scheduled for the third (and final) reading and vote in the House of Commons on October 20. Ask your MP now to vote yes for this important Bill.
A Red Tent day of action is planned for October 19, just before the key vote on Bill C-304. Red tents will be erected on Parliament Hill as well as in cities across Canada to draw attention to the affordable housing crisis in Canada. For information about events in your community, check out the Red Tent website.
Fixing Canada’s affordable housing crisis needs to be a key part of a national poverty reduction strategy – which Make Poverty History is calling for in its Dignity for All campaign. Sign the Dignity for All petition now to show your support for a national poverty eradication plan.